Billy the Kid A Short and Violent Life

ISBN-10: 0803295588
ISBN-13: 9780803295582
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Description: Whatever his name or alias at the moment—Henry McCarty, Henry Antrim, Kid Antrim, Billy Bonney—people always called him the Kid. Not until his final month did anyone call him Billy the Kid. Newspapers pictured him as a king of outlaws; and his  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 8/1/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 5.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Whatever his name or alias at the moment—Henry McCarty, Henry Antrim, Kid Antrim, Billy Bonney—people always called him the Kid. Not until his final month did anyone call him Billy the Kid. Newspapers pictured him as a king of outlaws; and his highly publicized capture, trial, escape, and end fixed his image in the public mind for all time. He was only twenty-one years old when a bullet from Sheriff Pat Garett’s six-shooter killed him on July 14, 1881. Within a year Billy the Kid became the subject of five dime-novel “biographies” as well as Garett’s ghost-written account, and that was just the beginning. Robert M. Utley does what countless books, movies, television shows, musical compositions, and paintings have failed to do: he successfully strips off the veneer of legendry to expose the reality of Billy the Kid. Using previously untapped sources, he presents an engrossing story—the most complete and accurate ever—of a youthful hoodlum and sometime killer who found his calling in New Mexico’s bloody power struggle known as the Lincoln County War. In unmasking the legend Utley also tells us much about our heritage of frontier vigilantism and violence.

Robert M. Utley, former Chief Historian & Assistant Director of the National Park Service, is the author of many books & articles on the West, "Cavalier in Buckskin", also published by the University of Oklahoma Press, won the 1989 Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Book & was a Book-of-the-Month Club & History Book Club selection. Since his retirement from the federal government, he has devoted himself full time to historical research & writing.

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Kid
The Adolescent
The Outlaw
The Ranch Hand
The Avenger
The Assassin
The Shootout
The Warrior
The Fire
The Drifter
The Bargain
The Rustler
The Celebrity
The Capture
The Sentence
The Escape
The Execution
The Legend
Abbreviations
Notes
Sources
Index

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