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Life of Tom Horn: Government Scout and Interpreter

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On November 20th, 1903, the cowboy Tom Horn was hanged in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for the murder of a fourteen-year-old boy. His trial was almost certainly influenced by sensationalistic “Yellow” journalism and the bitter cattle range wars of the day, and remains controversial even now. Horn had been many things – runaway farm boy, mule skinner, miner, rodeo champion, Pinkerton ...more
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Published August 6th 2012 by Tales End Press (first published 1904)
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Marley
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was supposed to be my summer for reading American classics. Instead I've ended up reading American West history, The Life of Tom Horn being the latest. I had a vague recollection of Tom Horn, but I don't know from where. Since the book was written by Horn, apparently while he was awaiting execution, it's obviously a one-sided view. (NOTE: His conviction and execution were obviously a set-up and miscarriage of justice.) I would have been interested in more of his personal/family life, I stil ...more
Gregory
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tom Horn had one of the most amazing lives. From his father almost beating him to death, to his travels west to become an Indian Scout under General Crook, to being assigned to live with Geronimo’s band and act as an interrupter between the indians and the army, to his time as a mule packer for TR in Cuba, to one of the first Pinkerton agents to his downfall in Montana Tom Horn lived a life that few men ever did. If you're interested in the history of the Indian wars in Arizona, this is a book t ...more
K
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating look into the life of a man whose true nature and deeds have been muddled by Hollywood. I enjoyed the feeling of sitting and hearing from Tom Horn as his life involved a very important period of our country's history, much of it taking place in my backyard. A worthwhile read.
John Fronk
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodbye To The 19th Century Man

Makes me wish the Steve McQueen movie had reflected more on Horn's life as a scout. As baffling as Horn's conviction is with mystery and very little circumstantial evidence, it's story pales in comparison to his exploits as an Indian fighter and scout. His relationship to the Apache as both friend and enemy is very compelling. What this story lacks in literary polish, it makes up for with authentic depiction of a dying culture. This is a must read for anyone intere
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E. Hayden
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Horn’s account is short of details surrounding the murder of the boy which led to his execution.

Horn’s account is short of the details surrounding the murder of the boy which resulted in Horn’s execution. Important stuff.
Todd
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A true spirited read

I enjoyed this book a great deal. It reminds me that the truth about the west can be every bit a exciting as the Holliwood version. In fact even better.


This book is a good read from every aspect. I highly recommend it
Andrew Kunkel
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WARNING:SPOILERS

The Life Of Tom Horn is an autobiography that contains much suspense and grit in the West going back to the late 1800's. The setting takes place throughout the western United States including Northern, Missouri, Arizona,Coloado, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. The story starts in Northern, Missouri. To. Horn was born on November 21,1962. Tom Horn's life started with brutality from his parents. His mother would spank and scold him.His farther, on the other hand, went beyond extreme on his
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Kyle
May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life of Tom Horn - Government Scout and Interpreter was a gritty first-hand telling of Tom Horn's life. As I read the story, I was constantly picturing Gus and Woodrow from Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove. Al Sieber reminded me a lot of Woodrow Call, and the overall story of the Apache Indians was familiar with the fictional world in McMurty's book. I'm not saying Horn was an exact match for Gus, but there were some flashes of toughness and even humor in the story that reminded me of old Gus.

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Danny M
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: PEOPLE WHO ENJOY AMERICAN HISTORY
I WAS ALWAYS INTERESTED IN THE OLD WEST AND THIS BOOK GIVES THE READER A VERY ACCURATE DESCRIPTION BASED ON THE AUTHORS EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT. THE BOOK IS A BIOGRAPHY WRITTEN BY TOM HORN OF HIS EARLY LIFE AS A GOVERNMENT SCOUT AND INTERPRETER. AS A GOVERNMENT SCOUT HE CAPTURED THE INDIAN CHIEF GERONIMO AND WAS THE MAIN GOVERNMENT SCOUT DURING THE INDIAN WARS. HE GIVES REAL INSIGHT INTO THE THINKING AND WAYS OF THE INDIANS DURING THE LATE 1800'S. TOM HORN IS ONE OF THE LAST REAL COWBOYS DURING A PER ...more
P.S. Winn
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Because I saw the movie, I wanted to check out the book about this legend. Some people saw Tom Horn as nothing more than a hired killer, but there is so much more to the story and I believe circumstances and conspiracies played against a man who just couldn't understand why times had to change. I like this book which includes a lot of Tom's own words and maybe will help people understand what lies behind the myth, the legend and the man,
Rich
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-rcommended
The best parts were the parts that he didn't write himself. Too much other good stuff out there to read to bother with this one. Though the Biographical Directory section is a good reference section.
Randy Kirkbride
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Engaging account of the frontier life

I had only heard of the last episode in Tom Horn's life, the trial for murder and the subsequent hanging. If the account is accurate, Tom led an amazing life. His autobiography yields much insight into historical events and people.
Paul Clipper
Interesting story with a lot of holes in it.
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