John Wesley Hardin! His name spread terror in much of Texas in the years following the Civil War as the most wanted fugitive, with a $4,000 reward on his head. A Texas Ranger wrote that he killed men just to see them kick. Hardin began his killing career in the late 1860s and remained a wanted man until his capture in 1877 by Texas Rangers and Florida law officials. He certainly killed 20 men; some credited him with killing 40 or more.
After 16 years in Huntsville prison, he was pardoned by Governor Hogg. For a short while, he avoided trouble and roamed westward, eventually establishing a home of sorts in wild and woolly El Paso as an attorney. He became embroiled in the dark side of that city and eventually lost his final gunfight to an El Paso constable, John Selman. Hardin was 42 years old.
Besides his reputation as the deadliest man with a six-gun, he left an autobiography in which he detailed many of the troubles of his life. In A Lawless Breed, Chuck Parsons and Norman Wayne Brown have meticulously examined his claims against available records to determine how much of his life story is true, and how much was only a half truth, or a complete lie. This deeply researched biography of Hardin and his friends and family will remain the definitive study for years to come.
The book is published by University of North Texas Press.
©2013 Chuck Parsons and Norman Wayne Brown (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks
"A Lawless Breed will likely become a classic." (True West)
"Readers of gunfighter lore will embrace this fine biography, and so will Texans in general." (Bill O'Neal, author of The Johnson-Sims Feud)
I would recommend this to any friend who is fond of westerns. I am very interested in westerns, both fiction and non. This one did not disappoint.
He was a good narrator, good flow, easy listen.
It was an entertaining biography.
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I listen all the time
I received this book free from ebalst, and this is my unbiased opion. Everything you wanted to know about Hardin. a little dry, if you're doing research definitely worth a listen
very enjoyable dipscription of this historical outlaw. factors and situations that are widely unknown of his life and legacy.
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No, too disjointed in its chronology of events.
A mystery or suspense audio.
No, couldn't make it to the end.
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A Lawless Breed: John Wesley Hardin, Texas Reconstruction, and Violence in the Wild West
by: Chuck Parsons , Norman Wayne Brown
A fascinating look back at a notorious name from history.
The narration was well done..I loved the enthusiasm showed, especially newspaper headlines.Good job, Jim Sartor!
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Quite obviously "John. Wesley. Hardin". This is his story. From childhood, til his death. Thorough, detailed. Some might think too detailed. I enjoyed the minutiae. It was
historic biography presented in an interesting conversational method.
The book "Shot All to Hell" by Mark Lee Gardner. About the James and Younger gang and the Northfield, Minnesota robbery and aftermath. That worked came into my mind often while listening to "A Lawless Breed".
I liked most of his story narrative work. I didn't care so much for his voice for individuals like Hardin. Overall, very good performance though. An "A -".
Since the review is titled after "John Wesley Hardin(g)" by Bob Dylan, I'm looking at "Knockin On Heaven' Door".
This was a very good biography with a lot of social, geographical, and political insert that fleshed out the story. Some reviewers of the print version felt that was a negative. I enjoyed it immensely. Scholarly, informative but done in a very enteraining way.
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