This is a lively book that moves along quickly concerning the lives (and deaths?) of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. They were members of the infamous Hole in the Wall gang, and some of the last of the Western outlaws to rob trains.
The reader gets a lot of information that seems difficult to believe is available to a biographer, but perhaps this author just dug a bit deeper and used other things not found in previous biographies. Once in a while when he writes about what a character may have been thinking I wasn't too impressed with that, because at this distance in time no one can really know for sure the thoughts of another person, unless they themselves wrote them down or told them to someone else who wrote them down.
We go through the entire careers of these men, and get to the shootout in Bolivia where both were assumed to have died. There is a section of the book that covers the various theories as to how one or the other may have survived, and what happened to those folks. It's a quite interesting book that told me a lot that I hadn't know about these men, since I only really knew about them from the Neuman and Redford film.
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Frank J. Konopka (frankiethek)
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“The Last Outlaws…is eloquent of not only the Old West that we think of when we see a photograph of a butte or a mustang or a Colt revolver but also of the implacable forces of time and change that extinguished it.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Fans of Old West lore will find The Last Outlaws an absorbing and entertaining read.” —USA Today
“The Last Outlaws is extremely well-written and feels more like a novel or work of fiction compared to a factual biography. It's a must read for any fan of the Old West and the outlaw life.” —The Desert News
“In this dual biography of celebrated bandits, a specialist in the Old West deftly separates fact from fiction.” —Kirkus Reviews
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“Mr. Hatch [is] an accomplished historian with a journalist’s eye and a novelist’s touch.” —The Washington Times
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