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By Michael Wallis

Award-winning historian Michael Wallis has spent a number of years re-creating the wealthy, anecdotal saga of Billy the child (1859–1881), a deeply mythologized younger guy who turned a legend in his personal time and but is still an enigma to this present day. With the Gilded Age in complete swing and the commercial Revolution reshaping the yank panorama, “the Kid,” who was once gunned down by way of Sheriff Pat Garrett within the New Mexico Territory on the age of twenty-one, grew to become a brand new breed of famous person outlaw. He arose amid the secret and fable of the rapidly vanishing frontier and, sensationalized past reputation by way of the tabloids and dime-store romances of the day, emerged as some of the most enduring icons of the yankee West—not to say one in every of Hollywood’s such a lot misrepresented characters. This new biography, packed with dozens of infrequent photographs and interval images, separates fable from fact and offers an unforgettable portrait of this short and violent lifestyles.

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If a room was getting too boring, mundane, or just plain predictable, Hunter would come roaring in with some unexpected blast of fun. It would arrive in many forms, such as smashing a cane to bits in front of 1,100 fans in line to see him at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in New York’s Times Square, or pouring a pitcher of ice water on an unsuspecting college crowd at a university-sponsored talk, or, heck, setting loose a lunatic wearing Hunter’s own press pass on a serious Democratic presidential candidate’s train, as Hunter described the great “Boohoo” incident of Edmund Muskie’s 1972 whistle-stop campaign tour.

Hunter had a painfully clear idea of what the American dream really entailed: contributing to the betterment of the world, whether doing so seemed like a lot of fun or just a lot of hard work. He was far too smart to even think about trying to laugh away the world’s real problems. Another of Hunter’s closest friends, longtime Pitkin County sheriff Bob Braudis, recalled the last year of the twentieth century as a particularly harsh time for his old pal in Woody Creek. “We were continually talking about how depressing national politics were [in the autumn of 2000],” Bob said.

Doug remembered Hunter fondly as a Peter Pan figure in his life as well as in his writing. “He always wanted to be kind of a fountain of youth, in the sense that a lot of people of his generation said we all had to grow up and get these nine-to-five jobs, and Hunter continued to be our youthful conscience. ” Forever Young Why do young people embrace Hunter so enthusiastically? And why do the young-at-heart embrace him? “Because Hunter was forever young,” said 48 A Celebration of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Lynn Goldsmith, a dear friend and photographer who has been photographing and documenting the rock and roll movement in America since the early 1960s.

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