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Out west : travels through the American west--past and present

Author: Tim Slessor
Publisher: Northampton, MA : Interlink Books, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First American edition
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"Many books about the American West leave out the more intriguing details ... For example, was Butch Cassidy really killed in a Bolivian shoot-out? It seems that he probably returned, under a false name, to live out his days in the West. In 1935 he even submitted an autobiographical script to Hollywood only to have it rejected as being too preposterous to be believable. He died two years later, penniless. Working  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Slessor
ISBN: 9781566560641 1566560640
OCLC Number: 957130161
Notes: "A revised and expanded version of More than Cowboys, first published in 2012"--Title page verso.
Description: x, 346 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: First things first --
La vente de la Louisiane --
Lewis and Clark --Mountain men --The overland trail --
The Gold Rush --
The hostiles and the military --
No survivors --
The railroad --
Custer and Little Big Horn --
Towards Wounded Knee --
Cowboys and cow-towns --
Cattle barons --
Range war--
Butch Cassidy and all that --
The sod-house frontier --
Last things last.
Responsibility: Tim Slessor.

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"Many books about the American West leave out the more intriguing details ... For example, was Butch Cassidy really killed in a Bolivian shoot-out? It seems that he probably returned, under a false name, to live out his days in the West. In 1935 he even submitted an autobiographical script to Hollywood only to have it rejected as being too preposterous to be believable. He died two years later, penniless. Working for the BBC, British writer Tim Slessor has filmed and traveled out West for over forty years; indeed, at one time he quit his job to go and work for a very happy year in western Nebraska. In this book he selects a series of beguiling stories that range from the mountain men and their fur trade to the pioneers of the overland trail, from Custer and the disaster at the Little Big Horn to the last stand of the Sioux at Wounded Knee, from the early cow-towns and the railroads to the cattle barons and the emigrant sod-busters. Full of surprises and insights, Out West casts new and entertaining light on the history and personalities of the American West."--Back cover.

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