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Decker: A Biography of Sheriff Bill Decker, Dallas County, Texas, 1898-1970 Hardcover – December 14, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 419 pages
  • Publisher: Mullaney Corp; First Edition edition (December 14, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967446007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967446004
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dallas bookstores will have a hard time keeping Decker's book on the shelves" -- Will Wilson, Texas Attorney General (ret'd.)

"Having known Sheriff Bill Decker, I got a kick from the insider tales." -- Kent Biffle, The Dallas Morning News

"Sheriff Decker's biography is a rare combination, a thoroughly enjoyable read that offers a valuable history perspective." -- Richard Abshire, Garland Daily News

About the Author

jim Gatewood, a child of the depression born 11 days before the market crash of 1929, was brought to Dallas from Chicago in a laundry basket in the backseat of a 1929 Hudson automobile. Avid hunter, history buff and gun enthusiast, it was only natural that his circle of friends should be lawmen with the same interests. Exposed to the stories of Sheriff Bill Decker by campfires and long trips to and from the hunt served to whet his appetite to write a biography of the legendary Sheriff.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Rutledge on February 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Congratulations to Jim Gatewood for capturing, with accuracy and excitement, the life and times of Dallas legend Bill Decker, and those who loyally served the citizens of Dallas during his watch. My father, John Rutledge, was a Dallas Morning News police reporter whose actions during the jail riot were detailed by Gatewood as well. This is a must-have for anyone interested in the real history of Dallas.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Randy Brown on January 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Gatewood tells a great story about Bill Decker. I couldn't put it down....took a little over 10 hours to read in one setting. From the dark excitement of tales of early Dallas law enforcement to the foggy mysteries of the assassination of President Kennedy, Gatewood weaves a true to life documented tale of the streets of Dallas as seen by Sheriff Bill Decker.
If the Dallas police had listened to Sheriff Bill Decker's security concerns for Lee Harvey Oswald, Mafia hitman Jack Ruby wouldn't have silenced the voice of of Oswald, the "patsy" in the conspiracy to kill the President!
When an assassin is assassinated, there is a conspiracy! (Old French cliche'!)
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By Mark S. on April 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Interesting to read about local History. Interesting man during interesting times. Information developed into a quick read with information about other locals around the Sheriff.
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