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GeauxAggie972
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Best Cowboy Outlaws/Western History Books?
Playing Red Dead Redemption 2 has gotten me sucked into western history and was wondering what are some of the best books that go into the history of cowboys and some of the top outlaws?


Kafka
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re: Best Cowboy Outlaws/Western History Books?
Go to your local library and see if they have the Time Life Old West series

You're welcome


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Rockbrc
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Member since Nov 2015
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re: Best Cowboy Outlaws/Western History Books?
Check out The Badmen if you can find it. It’s a book/record combination that came out in the 60’s.


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Rollwave034
Member since Feb 2013
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re: Best Cowboy Outlaws/Western History Books?
Empire of the summer moon
The heart of everything that is


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Palo Gaucho
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Member since Jul 2013
3225 posts

re: Best Cowboy Outlaws/Western History Books?
Western History:

Undaunted Courage
A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn


The Revenant is also a good, but likely embellished, western tale.


Roman Candle Tag
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Member since Mar 2016
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re: Best Cowboy Outlaws/Western History Books?
Read about "Liver eatin' Johnson"

Adapted into the film: "Jeremiah Johnson"


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Jim Rockford
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re: Best Cowboy Outlaws/Western History Books?
A lot of stuff written in the first half of the 20th century when many of the protagonists were still alive. Anything by Helena Huntington Smith is good.

"We Pointed Them North." Smith sat down with OG Montana cowboy "Teddy Blue" Abbott and just let him talk.

"The War on Powder River" about a range war between big and small ranchers in Johnson County, Wyoming.


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Lakeboy7
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Member since Jul 2011
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re: Best Cowboy Outlaws/Western History Books?
True Grit by Charles Portis. Not just a great western but a great book, Portis is a national treasure.


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10MTNTiger
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re: Best Cowboy Outlaws/Western History Books?
The Longmire books are great, modern but still very western


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rebelrouser
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Columbia, SC
Member since Feb 2013
4324 posts

re: Best Cowboy Outlaws/Western History Books?
Love those two. Replace Revenant w/ the more accurate Lord Grizzly. Also add The Big Sky and Blood Meridian.


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eatboudin
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Austin, TX
Member since Sep 2005
206 posts

re: Best Cowboy Outlaws/Western History Books?
The Son
by Philipp Meyer


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