The Newton Boys: Portrait of an Outlaw Gang


Misdeeds of early 20th-century bank and train robbers. Now a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughley, Ethan Hawke and Julia Margulies.
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Austin 1994 Hardcover Fine with no dust jacket 1880510170. Beautiful number 14 of an edition limited to 50 copies. This copy is signed by Stanush and Middleton. Leather spine ... white linen boards and white linen slip case. Clean and bright "as new" copy.; 1.5 x 9.75 x 6.5 Inches; Scores of bank heists and train robberies which plagued the nation during the roaring twenties, including the biggest train robbery in America's history, were pulled off by the daring Newton brothers. When interviewed at length, the brothers told a tale which is both dramatic and poignant and which, here now in print, grips the reader with its colorful picture of a bygone era. Here are the unembellished but often witty and spellbinding descriptions of their robberies from Texas to Canada, their flamboyant lifestyles when successful and, when unsuccessful, trenchant descriptions of the lawmen who caught them, and the prisons which punished them.; Signed by Author. Read more Show Less

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Misdeeds of early 20th-century bank and train robbers. Now a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughley, Ethan Hawke and Julia Margulies.
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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
". . . fascinating social history . . . the publisher deserves praise for allowing "social outcasts" to recount their lives and perceptions in their own words."
— Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Texas Monthly
"The book is a rollicking read and even more quirky than the film version of the Newtons' story."
Brock Sledge
"Some of the richest Western history in existence has come from the books of State House Press . . . I'd like to add The Newton Boys to that long and splendid list."
The Book World
Review of Texas Books
". . . this book would make a nice addition to public and academic libraries and to collections focusing on oral history, sociology, and criminology."-
Midwest Book Review
". . . history and autobiography in a compelling format."
Texas Books in Review
". . . lively narrative enhanced by photos . . . solid oral history."
Neshoba Democrat
"A good book. More than that. A fine book."
Books of the Southwest
"Compelling, sometimes hilarious, reading."
The Dallas Morning News
"Oral history at its best."-
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Roaring '20s-era bank robbers Willis and Joe Newton were the subject of a 1976 documentary film by Stanush and Middleton; this oral history--based, they say, on the same interviews--offers an unusual portrait of Texas and the Southwest, especially because of the brothers' belief in the essential corruption of business and government institutions. The book, dominated by older brother Willis, is unwieldly, but should interest Texas history buffs. ``We wasn't thugs like Bonnie and Clyde . . . we was just quiet businessmen,'' declares Willis of the four-brother gang; he goes on to explain how his initial false imprisonment on a theft charge led him to disregard the law. Joe, on the other hand, ``was kind of following the leader.'' In 1924, after many successes, the gang's $3 million Illinois train robbery led to their capture. Amid the book's wealth of detail about their movements and tactics emerges some homespun wisdom; Willis declares that prisons are more schools for crime than for reform. Willis died in 1979 at 90, and Joe died in 1989 at 88; the informative epilogue indicates that some more authorial interpolation might have made for a smoother read. Photos not seen by PW. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880510179
  • Publisher: State House Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Edition description: SIGNED/LIM
  • Pages: 332

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From the book: "Bonnie and Clyde was just silly kids bound to get themselves killed. We wasn't at all like them. We wasn't thugs. All we wanted was the money, just like doctors, lawyers and other businessmen. Robbing banks and trains was our way of getting it. That was our business." (Willis Newton)
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