From Guns to Gavels (Nonfiction)

Bill Neal, Texas Tech University Press, $29.95, Hardcover.
Bill Neal, Texas Tech University Press, $29.95, Hardcover.

Our criminal justice system—and how it evolved on the frontier—is often overlooked in many histories of the West. In this volume, Bill Neal cleverly weaves detailed facts about actual isolated incidents into an adventure told through the drama of the yarns of those bygone days. Neal narrates the story of a 13-year-old boy, who, in 1885, strikes out on his own, becomes an outlaw and dies by the gun many years later—well into the 20th century. This interesting book offers the historian a rich read that is enhanced by period photos of the actual subjects and locator maps of the anecdotal tales. You’ll find this a fascinating take on Old West history.

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