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Butch Cassidy: A Biography (Bison Book)

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Separating mythology from actual events in the life of Butch Cassidy has been made extremely difficult by the many stories told about him by family members, acquaintances, and writers after his presumed death in a Bolivian village. In an exhaustive search of reminiscences, newspapers, and books, Richard Patterson has written the definitive biography of the outlaw whose legend is rivaled only by that of Billy the Kid.

Born to a devout Mormon family in Utah, Robert Leroy Parker demonstrated early on the acquisitiveness and restlessness that would lead him into a criminal life. As a teenager, he was arrested for stealing a saddle. In this same period, he met Mike Cassidy, a cowhand skilled in using a running iron to change livestock brands. Eventually Parker drifted into Telluride, where he met Tom McCarty and Matt Warner. McCarty taught them how to rob banks and trains, laying out for Parker a career path that would lead him to a new name—Butch Cassidy —and eventually force him from the country.

Patterson has followed every lead to provide a vivid account of Cassidys life and has scrutinized the stories of men who claimed to be Butch. Butch Cassidy brings together diverse anecdotes, providing both a wonderful tool for researchers and a lively read.

About the Author

Richard Patterson is a retired lawyer now working as a freelance writer and editor. His many publications include Historical Atlas of the Outlaw West.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803287563
Author:
Patterson, Richard
Publisher:
Bison Books
Location:
Lincoln :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Specific Groups - Criminals
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Cassidy, butch, b. 1866
Subject:
West (U.S.) History 1890-1945.
Subject:
Criminals & Outlaws
Subject:
West (U.S.) History 1860-1890.
Subject:
West (U.S.) Biography.
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Bison Book
Publication Date:
19981031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illus
Pages:
372
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.22 lb

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