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Bandido: The Life and Times of Tiburcio Vasquez Hardcover – September 24, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0806141275 ISBN-10: 0806141271 Edition: 1ST

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; 1ST edition (September 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806141271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806141275
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,159,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A colorful new biography." Los Angeles Times.



"Boessenecker is . . . the country’s leading authority on Vasquez, and his new book, Bandido, tells the story. . . . Vasquez was as famous as Jesse James in his day." San Francisco Chronicle.



"Over the past two decades, John Boessenecker has been a top writer/researcher in the California outlaw and lawman field. Bandido: The Life and Times of Tiburcio Vasquez is a tour de force and probably his best to date. Bandido is a comprehensive biography of the legendary outlaw that strips away the myths surrounding Vasquez. With this book, Boessenecker has reaffirmed his place as one of the Best of the West." True West Magazine.



"Bandido is a painstakingly researched story illuminating Vasquez’s nefarious exploits and reputation as a folk hero. Boessenecker surrounds the details of Vasquez’s activities with fascinating accounts of life in the mid-1800s for Spanish-speaking Californios." Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.



"Reading John Boessenecker’s new book about the notorious 19th-century California bandit Tiburcio Vasquez, I felt . . . I was there and saw the whole thing."—Joe Rodriguez, San Jose Mercury-News.



"Every day we see parks, buildings and freeway bridges that have been named in honor of some upstanding citizen. Tiburcio Vasquez currently has a series of health care centers named for him in the East Bay, along with a county park and a high school in southern California. . . . How can this be? The answers are in Bandido: The Life and Times of Tiburcio Vasquez, a book by San Francisco attorney and historian John Boessenecker." KALW News.

About the Author

A San Francisco attorney, John Boessenecker has authored six books and numerous magazine articles on crime and law enforcement in the Old West.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Norman on September 17, 2010
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Bandido manages to be that rare literary hybrid: a masterpiece of scholarship, as well as an exciting read. John Boessenecker's fast-paced narrative tracks Tiburcio Vasquez (1835-1875), one of America's best-known 19th-century bandits, from his home in old Monterey, the seaside capital of Mexican-era California, through a wild series of daring raids that ranged from the northern coast into the sun-baked San Joaquin Valley, and on to Los Angeles, a town newly flush with silver wealth, and on the verge of transformation from a sleepy adobe pueblo to a modern city. The broad sweep of Boessenecker's narrative brings to pulsing life the Hispanic California of 175 years ago.

Boessenecker presents the reader with a wealth of well-researched detail that is a valuable addition to the scholarship on Mexican-era California - a bucolic backwater that is nearly forgotten, buried beneath miles of freeways and suburban sprawl. The "Californios," as they called themselves, were of mixed Spanish, Indian, and African ethnicity, and largely ignored by their far-away rulers. They have been romanticized as picturesque lords of vast haciendas who spent their days feasting and dancing in a pastoral arcadia that calls to mind the mythical images of America's antebellum plantation South. The reality is that most were like the Vasquez family, working small farms of 50 acres or fewer; middle-class, but hovering just out of poverty's reach.

Tiburcio Vasquez enjoyed a happy youth in old Monterey, but the town was far from the idyllic place promoted to tourists today. California's seaside capital teemed with violent criminals. It was a dumping ground for Mexico's troublesome citizens; added to the brew were unruly decommissioned soldiers from American regiments that had fought in the U.S.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Linda T. Clark on November 11, 2010
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Being familiar with Boessenecker's work, I bought this book because I was having difficulty researching the family tree of Tiburcio Vasquez for a family friend who believed there existed an ancestral tie.
What a treasure trove of information I received! Boessenecker dug deep to uncover details, compared and contrasted those details, and connected all dots to tell the story of one of early California's most notorious criminals. The reading is captivating, fast-paced, and easy to follow. The details are authenticated and speculation is identified. While not a history textbook, embedded in BANDIDO, is a working overview of early Monterey County, what was to become San Benito County, those early settlers and their communities, and more. As an historian and genealogist and having lived and worked in Santa Clara County, I am both fascinated and pleased with BANDIDO. It more than met my expectations!
Linda Clark
Author of THE SMALL WINDOW, The Story of Hardluck's Beginnings
The Small Window: The Story of Hardluck's Beginnings
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 18, 2010
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While many may not be immediately familiar with the name Tiburcio Vasquez, any who knows American history will recognize him as one of America's most famous Mexican bandits, who was hanged as a murderer in 1875. "Bandido: The Life and Times of Tiburcio Vasquez" is a fascinating and informative survey which traces his entire life from childhood through adulthood, using newspaper archives, memoirs, and court records to recreate the colorful life of a notorious bandit. Many photos herein also appear for the first time under cover, making this a powerful historical account highly recommended for any American history holding.
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Interesting ,I had heard of the subject but until now had never really read any thing on him . I found this book very interesting , very well researched including records and photos .It captures the man , the times in which he lived in before and after the anglo society started to change life in California .It is an awesome history lesson .I would highly recommend reading this book .
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