Billy The Kid
Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid
Dalton Gang
John Wesley Hardin
Tom Horn
Jesse James
Younger Gang

Billy The Kid

Alias Billy the Kid: The Man Behind the Legend


Authentic Life of Billy, the Kid

The original biography of one of the Old West's most famous outlaws, by the man who shot him.

Subtitled: The Noted Desperado of the Southwest, Whose Deeds of Daring and Blood made His Name A Terror in New Mexico, Arizona and Northern Mexico-- By Pat Garrett--Sheriff of Lincoln Co., N.M., By Whom He Was Finally Hunted Down and Captured By Killing Him.

Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life

Best of them all on the Kid, the myth, the truth. Utley is frequently seen on national television documentaries and is the premier Western historian. This is the best book on the William Bonney of all. Utley demolishes myths, and sticks to this colorful history of the cattle wars in an enormously entertaining writing style. It'll make you want to travel to Lincoln, New Mexico to visit the town as it was in the 1880s--including the scene of Billy's shootout escape from jail. The hole in the wall is still there... - Jack Canfield

The Collected Works of Billy the Kid

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The English Patient comes a visionary novel, a virtuoso synthesis of storytelling, history, and myth, about William Bonney, a.k.a. "Billy the Kid," a bloodthirsty ogre and outlaw saint. "Ondaatje's language is clean and energetic, with the pop of bullets." - Annie Dillard. (fiction)

History of the Lincoln County War

In the annals of western history, the Lincoln County War stands out as a complex and tragic event in which lives were lost, fortunes destroyed, and peaceful citizens transformed into lonely, exiled outlaws. A classic reference work on the era of Billy the Kid, this fast-moving account brings new meaning to the war and to those individuals who became its victims.

High Noon in Lincoln: Violence on the Western Frontier


The Return of the Outlaw Billy the Kid


Such Men As Billy the Kid: The Lincoln County War Reconsidered

"A lively, lucid, compelling account of complex and confusing events about which scholars are still puzzling".--WASHINGTON TIMES. This story of greed, violence, and death has entered American folklore through the mythologizing of the career of Billy the Kid and also through a tendency to see the Lincoln County War as emblematic of frontier lawlessness.

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy: A Biography

An outlaw whose legend often outshines and distorts the actual events, Robert Leroy Parker (alias Butch Cassidy) is the subject of this biography by Patterson (The Train Robbery Era: An Encyclopedic History, LJ 5/1/91). Bringing together numerous accounts from both primary and secondary sources, Patterson has written an interesting and accurate account. The biography begins with a young Robert Parker, born into a devout family of Utah Mormons, leaving home to make his way in the world; takes us through his first bank robbery and his many other crimes; and ends with his death in Bolivia. Cassidy's failed attempts to give up his criminal pursuits once his lifestyle became too dangerous are also covered.

Digging Up Butch and Sundance

Here is a fascinating account of the incredible search for the final resting place of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid--the last great mystery of the American West. A riveting blend of Wild West history and travel adventure, Digging Up Butch and Sundance finally reveals the truth about the outlaws and their years in South America.

In Search of Butch Cassidy


Dalton Gang

Daltons! : The Raid on Coffeyville, Kansas

This book cuts through the myths about The Daltons to present the gang as nothing more than common hoodlums. Smith utilizes primary sources while applying reasoned analysis to provide a comprehensive account of their exploits and especially their climactic escapade, which took place at Coffeyville, Kansas, where they attempted to hold up two banks simultaneously in broad daylight. Also described is the later life of Emmett Dalton, the only outlaw to survive the battle; and an attempt is made to answer the lingering question regarding a sixth bandit who may have escaped. A truly outstanding book on the subject.

John Wesley Hardin

Gunfighter: An Autobiography

The imprisonment of outlaw John Wesley Hardin in Texas marked the end of his journal, which remains the only authentic autobiography of a Cowboy. After his first murder at age 15, Hardin proceeded to live a life on the run, the archetypal wanted man, pursued by lynch mobs, bounty hunters and assassins. A unique, gripping first-person account and seminal document of this period of American history.

John Wesley Hardin : Suppressed Memories

John Wesley Hardin reigned as gunman supreme in Texas between 1868 and his final capture by Texas Rangers in 1877. He was considered the most wanted fugitive of his time. It has been said that Hardin killed more men in personal combat than any other gunfighter on the American Frontier. He was easily the most sensational shootist of the Old West. He made Billy the Kid and Wyatt Earp look like mere amateurs. Today, Hardin's appeal remains magical.

John Wesley Hardin: Dark Angel of Texas


Life of John Wesley Hardin As Written by Himself

"Will be welcomed by the growing array of Western enthusiasts who prefer fact to fiction. Editor McCubbin...has provided a good introduction and has appended a section of documents and newspaper stories which, in effect, complete Hardin's unfinished work." -- C.L. Sonnichsen

Tom Horn

I, Tom Horn

Once Tom Horn leaves the Horn farm and heads west, the story quickens and never lets you go. We follow Tom Horn through his early years, just after the civil wars, through his formative years (14-16 yrs old) and his involvement with the 10 year long Apache Wars, all the way up to Chief of Scouts, U.S.Army and the capturing of Geronimo. Next we follow Tom Horn through the Cattle Wars and his evolution from a rustler chaser, to manhunter to a gunslinger for hire to a killer. And finally to his Hanging (righteous or not). The legend is here. I couldn't lay the book down wondering what would happen next, and I knew the history. You won't either. (fiction)

Life of Tom Horn, Government Scout and Interpreter

"Life of Tom Horn" has the ring of authenticity. Although a bit awkward at times due to the vernacular used, it is nonetheless a valuable and highly entertaining book for those interested in the "real" old west. Recommended.

Tom Horn: Last of the Bad Men

"The last great folk tale of the last American frontier"-that's how Jay Monaghan describes the crimson career of Tom Horn, defender of property rights, soldier of fortune, range detective, professional killer. Tom Horn, who had chased after Geronimo and ridden the trains as a Pinkerton operative, was drawn to wherever the action was-ultimately to Wyoming as a hired gun for the cattle barons. Finally he went too far-and paid at the end of a rope in 1903. For years afterward, whenever a man was found murdered on the high plains, people said, "Somebody tom-horned that fellow." The author, Jay Monaghan, was a cowboy in Wyoming and ranch owner in Colorado.
Jesse James

Jesse James : Last Rebel of the Civil War

A brilliant biography of Jesse James, and a stunning reinterpretation of an American icon. Stripped of the familiar myths surrounding him, James emerges a far more significant figure: ruthless, purposeful, intensely political; a man who, in the midst of his crimes and notoriety, made himself a spokesman for the renewal of the Confederate cause during the bitter decade that followed Appomattox.

Traditionally, Jesse James has been portrayed as a Wild West bandit, a Robin Hood of sorts. But in this meticulously researched, vividly written account of his life, he emerges as far more complicated. Raised in a fiercely pro-slavery atmosphere in bitterly divided Missouri, he began at sixteen to fight alongside some of the most savage Confederate guerrillas. When the Civil War ended, his violent path led him into the brutal conflicts of Reconstruction.

We follow James as he places himself squarely in the forefront of the former Confederates’ bid to capture political power with his reckless daring, his visibility, his partisan pronouncements, and his alliance with a rising ex-Confederate editor, John Newman Edwards, who helped shape James’s image for their common purpose. In uniting violence and the news media on behalf of a political cause, James was hardly the quaint figure of legend. Rather, as his life played out across the racial divide, the rise of the Klan, and the expansion of the railroads, he was a forerunner of what we have come to call a terrorist.

T.J. Stiles has written a memorable book--a revelation of both the man and his time.

Frank and Jesse James: The Story Behind the Legend

FRANK AND JESSE JAMES is a complete account of the James brothers during the Civil War, the following sixteen years of notoriety, and the lives of those who outlived Jesse. Yeatman has created a thoroughly documented popular narrative that will be satisfying to both readers who know little or nothing about the James brothers and those who have read everything. Also included are dozens of heretofore unpublished illustrations and photographs of the people, places, and artifacts associated with the notorious brothers.

Jesse James: The Man and the Myth

Confederate guerrilla. Bank robber. Cold-blooded killer. Jesse James was all of these, but most of his life remains a mystery. In this book, the author of the acclaimed biography "The Outlaw Youngers" paints a portrait of a man obsessed with rebellion, loyalty, and an irrepressible need to be known. Includes rare photos from the James family archives.

The Many Faces of Jesse James

A fascinating study of James' life using his many portraits to show the dress, demeanor, physical well-being and what he was doing at the time. Since the possibility of more actual portraits and photographs of James exist, Steele explains the process George Warfel has devised to accurately identify Jesse James, even including a group of "false photos" of James to illustrate his point.

The Rise and Fall of Jesse James

"Packed with excitement." Jesse and Frank James were household words across America. They were hunted by hundreds who supposed them to be involved in every bank and train robbery in the Midwest. A pioneering work that separates fact from legend in tracking their violent operations which often seemed beyond the reach of the law. - Library Review

Outlaws : The Illustrated History of the James-Younger Gang

Marley Brant is an excellent author, if you want to know the truth about Jesse James, his brother Frank, and their partners in crime you must read this fabulous biography. Brant sticks to this colorful history of the Outlaws in an enormously entertaining writing style. The James and Younger boys are no longer just footmates in some dusty history books but still live in the minds. The real life adventures of these men were more amazing than the fictional accounts that abounded even during their lifetimes. Their exploits in life made them immortal in death! Marley Brant perseveres in trying to reconcile all the accrued information and misinformation with the historical facts of the James-Younger saga. This book will make you want to travel to Missouri to visit the area as it was during the civil war until 1916. A must! - Philippe Saintes

Younger Gang

Outlaws : The Illustrated History of the James-Younger Gang

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The Story of Cole Younger by Himself

Missouri guerrilla, Confederate officer, bank robber, notorious outlaw, Wild West showman--Cole Younger’s life was the stuff of myth and legend. In The Story of Cole Younger, long out-of-print, he tells his story in his own words after his parole from prison at the age of 59.

Born near Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Thomas Coleman ("Cole") Younger (1844–1916) rode with William Clarke Quantrill’s Confederate raiders during the Civil War, participating in many daring and bloody exploits, including the infamous Lawrence, Kansas, massacre of 1863. Following the war, Younger continued his celebrated career as a desperado, robbing banks and trains with Jesse James and other members of the James-Younger gang. A fateful attempt in 1876 on the Northfield, Minnesota, bank sent Cole to the state prison in Stillwater, Minnesota for decades. There he became a model resident, helping both to protect women convicts during a fire and found the Prison Mirror, a newspaper intended to shed "a ray of light upon the lives of those behind the bars." Paroled in 1901, Younger successfully sought a pardon, operated a Wild West show with his old comrade Frank James, and lectured on "What My Life Has Taught Me." Always known for intelligence and coolness under pressure, he published this autobiography in 1903, reflecting on the colorful and sometimes violent experiences of "the gentleman, the soldier, the outlaw, and the convict."

The Outlaw Youngers: A Confederate Brotherhood: A Biography

The story of the Youngers--Bob, Cole, Jim, and John--reveals how they tested the boundaries of the violent post-Civil War society in which they lived and probes into their relationships with Frank and Jesse James.
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