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Lawmen of the Wild West (Hardback)

Military > Frontline Books > Frontline: 17th-19th Centuries Military > Pre-WWI > American History P&S History > By Century > 19th Century P&S History > True Crime

By Terry C Treadwell
Frontline Books
Pages: 272
Illustrations: 100 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526782335
Published: 13th April 2021
Last Released: 21st September 2021



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Without doubt it was one of the toughest jobs. Faced with ruthless criminal, trigger-happy gunslingers and assorted desperados, the lawmen of the Old West tried, and sometimes died, in their efforts to bring some semblance of order to their towns and communities.

There were Marshals, City Marshals and Constables who were employed by the local townspeople and whose authority was restricted to within the town or city limits. Then there were the County Sheriffs, who were elected by the citizens of the county, to keep the peace within the county, or the Texas Rangers and Arizona Rangers, who operated under the jurisdiction of their respective state governors and later US Marshals.The United States Marshals were appointed by the President of the United States and had the authority to operate anywhere in the USA and deal with federal crime. Each of these law enforcement officers employed their own deputies, all of whom had the same powers of enforcement.

Some believed that former criminals would make the most effective lawmen. Consequently, in some cases notorious gunfighters were employed as town marshals to help bring law and order to some of the most lawless of towns. These lawmen had to deal with the likes of the Dalton Gang, the James Brothers and the Rufus Buck Gang who thought nothing of raping and murdering innocent people just for the hell of it. These outlaws would frequently hide in the Indian Territory where there was no law to extradite them. The only law outside of the Indian Territory was that of Judge Isaac Parker, who administered the rules with an iron fist; the gallows at Fort Smith laid testament to his work.

The requirements needed to be a peace officer in the Wild West were often determined only by the individual’s skill with a gun, and their courage. At times judgement was needed with only seconds to determine it, and that also meant that there was the odd occasion where justice and law never quite meant the same thing. The expression ‘justice without law’ was never truer than in the formative years of the West.

This book delves into the history of the Wild West. It explains how the stereotype of the local sheriff we see in every book and movie came to be. It was so fascinating. It almost read like fiction, it was so well written.

NetGalley, Katie Martin

Treadwell is a story-teller, and he links many of his tales to weave a thread through them, though the over-arching narrative is not quite there. Fans of the Wild West will enjoy this collection, which matches well with his similar styled book on outlaws, while more serious students will find many of the incidental aspects, particularly on race and ethnicity, thought-provoking.

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Beating Tsundoku

A great historical read on some of the more notable Peace officers in the west, stories new and well known to most with proper corrections to the fables we have seen in movies. If your a fan of the old west or the various lawmen of the day this will be right up your alley, the stories are captivating and well written the book keeps you wanting to read father and farther as you get into each story. I would highly recommend buying a copy i will be purchasing one for myself..

NetGalley, Garett Phalen

Like I said previously when I reviewed Outlaws of the Wild West, this is the subject that I adore reading about. Again this book is very well written by Terry C. Treadwell, he certainly knows his stuff and this book is comprehensive and very easy to read. If you’re going to have outlaws in the American West, then you’re going to need Lawmen in the American West to keep them in some sort of order. As in the first book the book is split up into chapters with each chapter looking at an individual Lawman, the book covers such notables as Frank Dalton, Wyatt Earp and Pat Garrett along with some lesser-known names. A fantastic book that covers each lawman from being a youngster to old age or death in some cases. I obviously enjoyed this book highly, I would also like to see similar books looking at Indians, Civil War Generals or American West Pioneers. A definite 5 stars from me.

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UK Historian

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Having been surprised at the number of outlaws named in "Outlaws of the Wild West" by the same author, I probably shouldn't have been wide-eyed at the number of lawmen out to catch them! "Lawmen of the Wild West" is a superb exploration of the other side of the line in the Wild West. It's written in a very easy to read way, and the photos are excellent!

NetGalley, Dawn Lewis

This was a fascinating read, and I really enjoyed how the author presented it as a series of short mini biographies as it gave each of the lawmen there own time to shine, although some had more attention than others. It was like having the curtain drawn back on the wild west, and it was nice to see the 'romantic view' of that world stripped away.

NetGalley, Rowena Andrews

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The author gives you a glimpse into the lives of many lawmen, some famous most not so much. It is the not so much ones this author spends time on... Many good stories that will keep you entertained.

NetGalley, Pat Lorelli

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Terry C Treadwell has chosen some famous and some who should have been famous examples and shown us how their versions of the law changed with every criminal they faced. These men were often the only thing standing between the outlaws and the townspeople. Failure was not an option. I'm a diehard western fan. I enjoyed every one of these stories. Terry Treadwell is now on my followed author list.

NetGalley, Denice Langley

An interesting set of short stories about the lawmen of the Wild West. The stories were great and held my interest. I learned facts about these individuals that I never knew. If your into true crime or history, this is the book for you.

NetGalley, Ron Baumer

About Terry C Treadwell

TERRY C. TREADWELL was born and educated in Bournemouth. Having served in the Royal Air Force, in telecommunications, and travelled the world quite extensively, including working in Australia for a short period, he was European Correspondent for Naval Aviation News (the official aviation magazine for the US Navy) and Wings of Gold (US) for ten years.

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