19 November 2013

Today's Read: Butch Cassidy: Beyond the Grave by W. C. Jameson

Butch Cassidy: Beyond the Grave by W. C. JamesonIf you know the legends of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, or perhaps saw the wonderful movie starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, then you likely know that Cassidy died in a shootout in Bolivia in 1908. But what if Cassidy had survived that attack and made his way back north to live out his days under another name? That's the premise of W. C. Jameson's biography, Butch Cassidy: Beyond the Grave.

In a variety of ways, the life and times of the outlaw Butch Cassidy remain among the most compelling and mysterious of all America's Western bad men.

For one thing, Cassidy's outlawry did not result from general meanness or shiftlessness as was often the case with many other notorious crooks of the time. Cassidy's sister, Lula Parker Betenson, once offered the opinion that . . . Cassidy's lawbreaking activities might have been borne of equal parts mischievousness and youthful boisterousness along with a well-developed disgust and resentment of the manner in which large corporations . . . grew wealthy at the expense of the common man and others who possessed little in the way of power, prestige, or money. Cassidy's disgust might have led to a desire for revenge, or perhaps at the very least a perceived need to remind the moneyed interests from time to time that they could be thwarted.
Butch Cassidy: Beyond the Grave by W. C. Jameson (Rowman & Littlefield / Taylor Trade, 2012, p. 1)

Quick Facts
  • Premise of biography: exploring the possibility that Cassidy survived Bolivia and lived out his days under an alias in the state of Washington
  • Difficulties: teasing out fact from fiction; even his own time, Cassidy was credited with crimes he didn't commit so it's difficult to find the truth
  • Characters: Cassidy and his family; fellow outlaws such as the Sundance Kid and the Wild Bunch; law enforcement including the Pinkertons
  • Genre: nonfiction, biography; some terrific historic photos
  • Writing style & author: Jameson, a seasoned author, has also appeared on the History Channel and the Discovery Channel; an entertaining and accessible style; easy to read
  • Controversies: much of the evidence is anecdotal; family recollections and Pinkerton records indicate that Cassidy may have lived past 1908; the authenticity of one possible autobiography has been questioned
  • Thoughts so far: fascinating account; I won't know until I finish whether Jameson will convince me of Cassidy's long life and natural death
ISBN-13: 9781589797390
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24 comments:

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 11/19/13, 7:12 AM  

This one doesn't do anything for me, but it sounds like you are enjoying it. Thanks for joining us this week.

rhapsodyinbooks 11/19/13, 7:27 AM  

The effect is has on me is to make me want to watch the movie again! And to make that stupid song run through my head (Raindrops Keep Fallin On My Head…)

Julie P. 11/19/13, 8:13 AM  

Great premise! Sounds intriguing!

grammajudyb 11/19/13, 8:42 AM  

I'd probably give this one a try. Last summer we spent a weekend in Sundance WY, "where the kid got his name", and so my interest in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was resurrected. I'd read on. Thanks for sharing.

gautami tripathy 11/19/13, 8:54 AM  

I am not sure if I would go on...

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JLS Hall 11/19/13, 9:02 AM  

One of my favorite movies. The idea that Butch and/or the Sundance Kid might have survived and lived a long, quiet life seems to be a popular one - I've seen several TV shows based on that premise. Sounds like an interesting read - hope you enjoy it.

bermudaonion 11/19/13, 9:29 AM  

Hm, I never saw the movie but this does sound fascinating!

Beth Hoffman 11/19/13, 10:26 AM  

I'll bet my husband would enjoy this one!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow 11/19/13, 10:38 AM  

I loved the movie...and I do enjoy the "reimaginings" that can change the course of events.

Thanks for sharing...and here's
MY TUESDAY MEMES POST

Nise' 11/19/13, 11:03 AM  

I'd like to believe that they survived! Also, reading picturing Paul and Robert is a bonus!

Paulita 11/19/13, 12:06 PM  

Some of my students are doing their research papers on where Butch Cassidy died. This looks like an interesting book. Here's Mine

Laura Fabiani 11/19/13, 12:06 PM  

I don't remember if I saw the movie. But I don't think I would read this book.

Valentina Cano 11/19/13, 12:43 PM  

Ooh, this one needs to go on my list :)

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kelley jensen 11/19/13, 12:45 PM  

I'd read this one. Butch Cassidy was a famous outlaw in our town. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

Daryl 11/19/13, 2:32 PM  

even tho this seems to be neither fiction nor non fiction it sounds interesting ... i imagine 'hearing' it vs reading would be my pref .. .thanks!

Literary Feline 11/19/13, 2:34 PM  

This sounds like such an interesting read, Candace. I would keep reading.

Literary Feline 11/19/13, 2:34 PM  

This sounds like such an interesting read, Candace. I would keep reading.

LoveBites AndSilk 11/19/13, 2:53 PM  

What an interesting premise. Definitely makes me think it's possible.

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Sandra Nachlinger 11/19/13, 4:36 PM  

This sounds like an entertaining book. However, it would be hard to read it without picturing Robert Redford and Paul Newman's faces as the main characters!
My Teaser is from THE HUSBAND'S SECRET.

Heather 11/19/13, 5:33 PM  

I have seen the movie a few times. Sounds like a fascinating read. My teaser: A Journey to the Center of the Earth

JC Jones 11/19/13, 5:47 PM  

NIce choice. One I have not read to seen as a movie. Click here to go to my TT

Margot 11/19/13, 7:25 PM  

I like the premise of this book. I'd like to think he pulled it off. I must say that when I think about Butch Cassidy the face of Paul Newman is what I see. You might keep that in mind as you read. lol

Mystica 11/19/13, 8:19 PM  

Glad you are liking the story. I hardly know this legend and my interest hence is minimal.

Naomi Hop 12/2/13, 5:25 PM  

Sounds like an interesting read. Hope you enjoyed it!!

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