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Charles Leerhsen brings the notorious Butch Cassidy to vivid life in this surprising and entertaining biography that goes beyond the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to reveal a more fascinating and complicated man than legend provides.

For more than a century the life and death of Butch Cassidy have been the subject of legend, spawning a small industry of mythmakers and a major Hollywood film. But who was Butch Cassidy, really? Charles Leerhsen, bestselling author of Ty Cobb, sorts out facts from folklore and paints a brilliant portrait of the celebrated outlaw of the American West. 

Born into a Mormon family in Utah, Robert Leroy Parker grew up dirt poor and soon discovered that stealing horses and cattle was a fact of life in a world where small ranchers were being squeezed by banks, railroads, and cattle barons. Sometimes you got caught, sometimes you got lucky. A charismatic and more than capable cowboy - even ranch owners who knew he was a rustler said they would hire him again - he adopted the alias “Butch Cassidy”, and moved on to a new moneymaking endeavor: bank robbery. By all accounts, Butch was a smart and considerate thief, refusing to take anything from customers and insisting that no one be injured during his heists. His “Wild Bunch” gang specialized in clever getaways, stationing horses at various points along their escape route so they could outrun any posse. Eventually Butch and his gang graduated to train robberies, which were more lucrative. But the railroad owners hired the Pinkerton Agency, whose detectives pursued Butch and his gang relentlessly, until he and his then partner Harry Longabaugh (The Sundance Kid) fled to South America, where they replicated the cycle of ranching, rustling, and robbery until they met their end in Bolivia. 

In Butch Cassidy, Charles Leerhsen shares his fascination with how criminals such as Butch deftly maneuvered between honest work and thievery, battling the corporate interests that were exploiting the settlers, and showing us in vibrant prose the Old West as it really was, in all its promise and heartbreak.

©2020 Charles Leerhsen. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • 匿名
  • 2020/12/12

Butch Cassidy is still a modern day hero!

sailed right thru it....going to listen again!!!
Butch Cassidy is a modern day hero...now and forever!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Marc Marschark
  • 2020/10/15

a beautiful story beautifully told

I have read numerous biographies of Western outlaws and heroes. this is easily the best written and the best told audiobook I have encountered. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in a good tale, the early Western United States, and American superheroes.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • sb
  • 2020/10/12

For Hardcore fans only

Way too much padding. The interesting robbery parts are few and far between. Fanatics only

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Mark
  • 2020/08/26

Just not that interesting!

The book seems accurate and truthful but at the end of the day Butch’s life just was not that exciting. Part outlaw, frequent ranch hand, and charismatic leader. Life on either side of the law in the late 1800’s and turn of the century sounds boring, hard, and depressing.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Doug
  • 2020/08/24

Well done and entertaining

If you are curious about this subject, this book provides an engaging account. The subject is covered at the right level with a proper amount of anecdotes and insights. It is a balanced account and not a love letter... the good and the bad. The narration is well done.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • HUGH GIBLIN
  • 2020/08/07

awesome

a very good story not at all boring .I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the old west

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • John Cashman
  • 2020/07/30

Great biography

Very good book. It provides a balanced look at the real Butch Cassidy, and does an excellent job at deciphering all of the myths surrounding the man.