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Butch Cassidy : the true story of an American outlaw / Charles Leerhsen.

Leerhsen, Charles, (author.).

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Summary:

Charles Leerhsen brings the notorious Butch Cassidy to vivid life in this surprising and entertaining biography that goes beyond the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to reveal a more fascinating and complicated man than legend provides. For more than a century the life and death of Butch Cassidy have been the subject of legend, spawning a small industry of mythmakers and a major Hollywood film. But who was Butch Cassidy, really? Charles Leerhsen, bestselling author of Ty Cobb, sorts out facts from folklore and paints a brilliant portrait of the celebrated outlaw of the American West. Born into a Mormon family in Utah, Robert Leroy Parker grew up dirt poor and soon discovered that stealing horses and cattle was a fact of life in a world where small ranchers were being squeezed by banks, railroads, and cattle barons. Sometimes you got caught, sometimes you got lucky. A charismatic and more than capable cowboy--even ranch owners who knew he was a rustler said they would hire him again--he adopted the alias "Butch Cassidy," and moved on to a new moneymaking endeavor: bank robbery. By all accounts, Butch was a smart and considerate thief, refusing to take anything from customers and insisting that no one be injured during his heists. His "Wild Bunch" gang specialized in clever getaways, stationing horses at various points along their escape route so they could outrun any posse. Eventually Butch and his gang graduated to train robberies, which were more lucrative. But the railroad owners hired the Pinkerton Agency, whose detectives pursued Butch and his gang relentlessly, until he and his then partner Harry Longabaugh (The Sundance Kid) fled to South America, where they replicated the cycle of ranching, rustling, and robbery until they met their end in Bolivia. -- from book jacket.
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Pendleton Public Library 921 C273 (Text) 37801000665941 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 10/26/2020 Checked out 12/17/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781501117480
  • ISBN: 9781501117497
  • Physical Description: xii, 304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2020.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [257]-284) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Part I -- The Thorny Rose -- Rules of the Game -- Promised Land -- Boy Interrupted -- To-Hell-You-Ride -- And They're Off -- Getting in Deeper -- Robbers Roost -- Friends and Neighbors -- The Equality State -- Captured -- Order in the Court -- Inside Story -- Part II -- Elzy -- Sundance -- Land of Enchantment -- Wilcox -- On a Roll -- Part III -- In the Cone -- Family of Three -- Back in Business -- The End of the Road -- Epilogue
Summary, etc.:
Charles Leerhsen brings the notorious Butch Cassidy to vivid life in this surprising and entertaining biography that goes beyond the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to reveal a more fascinating and complicated man than legend provides. For more than a century the life and death of Butch Cassidy have been the subject of legend, spawning a small industry of mythmakers and a major Hollywood film. But who was Butch Cassidy, really? Charles Leerhsen, bestselling author of Ty Cobb, sorts out facts from folklore and paints a brilliant portrait of the celebrated outlaw of the American West. Born into a Mormon family in Utah, Robert Leroy Parker grew up dirt poor and soon discovered that stealing horses and cattle was a fact of life in a world where small ranchers were being squeezed by banks, railroads, and cattle barons. Sometimes you got caught, sometimes you got lucky. A charismatic and more than capable cowboy--even ranch owners who knew he was a rustler said they would hire him again--he adopted the alias "Butch Cassidy," and moved on to a new moneymaking endeavor: bank robbery. By all accounts, Butch was a smart and considerate thief, refusing to take anything from customers and insisting that no one be injured during his heists. His "Wild Bunch" gang specialized in clever getaways, stationing horses at various points along their escape route so they could outrun any posse. Eventually Butch and his gang graduated to train robberies, which were more lucrative. But the railroad owners hired the Pinkerton Agency, whose detectives pursued Butch and his gang relentlessly, until he and his then partner Harry Longabaugh (The Sundance Kid) fled to South America, where they replicated the cycle of ranching, rustling, and robbery until they met their end in Bolivia. -- from book jacket.
Subject: Cassidy, Butch, 1866-
Outlaws > West (U.S.) > Biography.
Gangs > West (U.S.) > History > 19th century.
Frontier and pioneer life > West (U.S.)
West (U.S.) > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.

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