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With Badges and Bullets: Lawmen and Outlaws in the Old West
by Richard W. Etulain , Glenda Riley , Shelley Armitage, Larry D. Ball, Kathleen P. Chamberlain, Richard Griswold del Castillo, Gary L. Roberts, Joseph G. Rosa , more…Gary Topping, Elliot West …less
This second book in the Notable Westerners Series highlights ten lawmen and gunfighters, men and women who shaped the American west.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 23rd 1999 by Fulcrum Publishing
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Ten essays about badge-wearers and outlaws cover mostly the famous (Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill, Pat Garrett, Tom Horn, Doc Holliday, Billy the Kid, Belle Starr, Jesse James, Joaquin Murrieta}, but also a largely unknown (Pearl Hart, who robbed but a single stagecoach but ably promoted her image as a desperado). The essays are good (Gary Roberts on Earp and Kathleen Chamberlain on Garrett are the best) introductions to significant western figures. Richard Etulain's short introduction sets up the essay ...more
Informative in the way it juxtaposes the people with their own legend. The writing styles by the various authors keep the narrative fresh. I've gone on to research some of the featured authors and subjects in this book. A point that could use improvement is that the footnotes are not listed at the points they are sourced. Other than that, it's a worthy read that gives a deeper insights into those characters associated with unenviable task of embodying the primal beginnings of a modern empire.