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The Life of John Wesley Hardin: As Written By Himself

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In an era and an area notable for badmen and gunslingers, John Wesley Hardin was perhaps the most notorious. Considered by many of his contemporaries to be almost illiterate, he nevertheless left for publication after his death in 1895 this autobiography, which, though biased, is remarkably accurate and readable.

Hardin was born in 1853 in Bonham, Texas, the son of a Method
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 15th 1973 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published January 1st 1972)
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Cassia
Jun 11, 2008 Cassia added it
I really loved this book. Reading his point of view on how he lived and other's point of view was really interesting. And it was never boring. It was always exciting in some way. I love western anything so reading about the western way of things was awesome.
Doug
Dec 19, 2007 Doug rated it it was amazing
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Terrific because it is the only known auto-biography of an old west gunfighter. Also very cool to read because he's my cousin. I have an original copy and there is stuff the U of OK did not include.
Dirk
Jul 31, 2010 Dirk rated it liked it
There's 153 pages in this book. I would approximate that Hardin killed 2 people per page.
Adrianne Ambrose
Oct 20, 2011 Adrianne Ambrose rated it really liked it
You might remember John Wesley Hardin from those Time Life advertizements that claim he shot a man for snoring too loud. (Well who has stayed in a youth hostel dorm and not wanted to do that?)Anway, I found out that of all the gunslingers of the old west, he's the only one that wrote his memoirs so of course I wanted to read it.

First of all, there is some controversy as to whether he actually penned the book, but after comparing the writing to letters he wrote his wife, I believe he did. After a
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Matthew
Jun 01, 2010 Matthew rated it it was ok
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Hardin took himself very seriously. This is a very dry recitation of murders and roamings. It may be silly to expect humor or insight in an outlaw's autobiography, colorful movie murderers have skewed expectations I guess. This book is terribly boring. If you are curious about the period and the region there is little departure from the hackwork of fictional nickel westerns of the time.

Hardin was given a pardon from Governor Hogg for all of his killings.

Recently, in my hometown, noted country mu
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Jan 24, 2016 Kathryn Adam-Hurst rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading about John Wesley Hardin telling about his life.
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