The Last Outlaws: The Lives and Legends of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

The Last Outlaws: The Lives and Legends of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

by Thom Hatch

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Overview

The Old West was coming to an end. Two legendary outlaws refused to go with it.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid—as leaders of the Wild Bunch, they planned and executed the most daring bank and train robberies of the day, with a professionalism never before seen by authorities. For several years at the end of the 1890s, the two friends, along with a revolving cast who made up their band of thieves, eluded local law enforcement and bounty hunters, all while stealing from the rich bankers and eastern railroad corporations who exploited western land. The close calls were many, but Butch and Sundance always managed to escape to rob again another day—that is, until they rode headlong into the 20th century.

Fenced-in range, telephone lines, electric lights, and new crime-fighting techniques were quickly rendering obsolete the outlaws of the wide open frontier. Knowing their time was up, Butch and Sundance, along with a mysterious beauty named Etta Place, headed to South America, vowing to leave their criminal careers behind. But riding the trails of Chile, Argentina and Bolivia, Butch and Sundance would find that crime wasn’t through with them just yet.

In The Last Outlaws, Thom Hatch brings these memorable characters to life like never before: Butch, the brains of the outfit; Sundance, the man of action; and the men on both sides of the law whom they fought with and against. From their early holdup attempts to that fateful day in Bolivia, author Thom hatch draws on a wealth of fresh research to go beyond the myth and provide a compelling new look at these legends of the Wild West.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451416865
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 354,600
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Thom Hatch is the author of numerous books on the history of the American West, including Black Kettle: The Cheyenne Chief Who Sought Peace but Found War, which was awarded the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award for Best Biography. A consultant and commentator for the History Channel and PBS, Hatch has published articles in the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, True West, and Western Horseman.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 The Boy from the Mormon Empire 7

Chapter 2 Telluride 29

Chapter 3 The Boy from Pennsylvania 53

Chapter 4 Sundance 73

Chapter 5 Riding the Outlaw Trail 93

Chapter 6 Crime and Punishment 115

Chapter 7 Day of the Outlaw 135

Chapter 8 The Wild Bunch 159

Chapter 9 Pinkertons on the Trail 179

Chapter 10 End of the American Trail 201

Chapter 11 Patagonia 221

Chapter 12 The Banditos Americanos 239

Chapter 13 Shoot-Out at San Vicente 259

Chapter 14 Life and Death Mysteries 281

Bibliography 301

Notes 317

Index 341

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"An easygoing account of the outlaw duo whose era separated Frank and Jesse James from Bonnie and Clyde." —-Kirkus

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