"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx
Butch Cassidy, known for his membership in both the Wild Bunch and the Hole in the Wall Gang, was born today in 1866. The Warren Public Libraries and the Suburban Library Cooperative have lots of books and movies on the Western way - come on in and see what you'd like to ride away with!
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - Starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford (1969)
This wild ride of a movie, now more than 40 years old, is a classic Western that has never lost popularity. Newman plays the role of Butch as a visionary, plotting heists and robbing banks for fun and profit, and Redford, as the gun-toting Sundance Kid, evens out the outlaw's crazy plans.
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The Outlaw Trail: a history of Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch - Charles Kelly
The Outlaw Trail was a string of places throughout the western States that provided cover, shelter and hideout for the Wild Bunch and many other bandits, and author Kelly brings these places to life in this book.
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The Authentic Life of Billy, the kid: the noted desperado of the Southwest, whose deeds and daring and blood made his name a terror in New Mexico, Arizona, and northern Mexico - Pat F. Garrett
As if the impressive title weren't enough to convince you, outlaw Billy the Kid was one impressively bad villain. Read here about his many jobs, cons, and shootouts as he escaped the law time after time... until the author of this book, Sheriff and Billy's killer, caught up to him.
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Women of the West - Dorothy Levenson
Butch, Billy, the Sundance Kid and the Tall Texan weren't the only desperadoes who lived for the thrill of the kill and the money that came with it. Here, Levenson talks about these outlaws' female counterparts, including Calamity Jane, Belle Starr, and Laura Bullion.
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Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour - Louis L'Amour
Few authors are as well-known for Westerns as L'Amour, who, at the time, called his work "frontier stories." Throughout his life (and after his death in 1988), L'Amour published more than 100 novels, including nonfiction and short story collections like this one.
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Best Western Stories of John Jakes - John Jakes
Best known for his long sagas like North and South and the Kent Family Chronicles, Jakes rivals L'Amour for popularity among Western authors, though in a different way. While L'Amour's work tended to be about the outlaws, Jakes preferred to tell about families and the Civil War. Give this a read and see which style of adventure you prefer.
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