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

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

by Joel Jacobsen
 

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"A lawyerly regard for truth, accuracy and the written record. . . . [It's] a tonic to the hysterical and sensational accounts of the past."-Chicago Tribune. "A lively, lucid, compelling account of complex and confusing events about which scholars are still puzzling."-Washington Times. "Dispassionate yet lively, this book sets Billy's career and the conflicts in

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"A lawyerly regard for truth, accuracy and the written record. . . . [It's] a tonic to the hysterical and sensational accounts of the past."-Chicago Tribune. "A lively, lucid, compelling account of complex and confusing events about which scholars are still puzzling."-Washington Times. "Dispassionate yet lively, this book sets Billy's career and the conflicts in Lincoln County in context. The engaging narrative will please and provoke scholar, well-versed buff, and newcomer alike."-Library Journal. "By focusing on the uniqueness of the Lincoln County War and the individuals involved in it, Jacobsen expands our knowledge of the events. . . . A thorough and well-documented description of one of the western frontier's best known instances of violence."-Western Historical Quarterly. 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. Jacobsen investigates the evidence-public sentiment, court records, and the actions of the participants-to come up with answers. Joel Jacobsen is an assistant attorney general for the State of New Mexico specializing in criminal appeals.

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Chicago Tribune
“A lawyerly regard for truth, accuracy and the written record. . . . [It’s] a tonic to the hysterical and sensational accounts of the past.”—Chicago Tribune
Washington Times
“A lively, lucid, compelling account of complex and confusing events about which scholars are still puzzling.”—Washington Times
Western Historical Quarterly
“By focusing on the uniqueness of the Lincoln County War and the individuals involved in it, Jacobsen expands our knowledge of the events. . . . A thorough and well-documented description of one of the western frontier’s best known instances of violence.”—Western Historical Quarterly
Library Journal
This new examination of Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County wars reflects renewed interest of a more serious sort in these legendary tales immortalized in movie Westerns and popular histories. Jacobsen, an assistant attorney general in New Mexico, crafts a compelling account, although his claims that the conflict was atypical are often belied by the light shed on race, capitalism, law, and the relationship between violence and order in the Old West. One will overlook the occasional misstep in discovering how a feud between competing business interests escalated into a series of clashes settled by force; the capture and death of Bill Bonney, alias "Billy the Kid," appears more colorful than central to the course of events. Dispassionate yet lively, this book sets Billy's career and the conflicts in Lincoln County in context. The engaging narrative will please and provoke scholar, well-versed buff, and newcomer alike.-Brooks D. Simpson, Arizona State Univ., Tempe

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803276062
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date:
03/19/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

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Joel Jacobsen is an assistant attorney general for the State of New Mexico specializing in criminal appeals.

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