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John Wesley Hardin: Dark Angel of Texas Paperback – April 15, 1998
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Now on to the next Leon Metz book! This reviewer will definitely read them all.
Mike Koch, Author of "The Kimes Gang."
I learned much from Mr. Metz's novel and thoroughly enjoyed his writing style. I highly recommed this book.
A reviewer above points out that Metz' prose is not as dynamic as, say, Shelby Foote's Civil War writings, but Metz makes up for that lack by his plain, readable style that packs a lot of facts and understanding into his work. There are no apologies here for Hardin's bad conduct, no attempts to make him any better or worse than he was. But what we get is a pretty clear picture of the time, when Northern occupation of, and persecution of, Texas made any chance of real justice under the law impossible, and made regular young men (which Hardin was NOT) outlaws in their own home territories. In such a climate, and in the violent years after the Civil War, when men were returning to Texas after being immersed in such an incredible crucible of hatred and killing, a figure like Hardin was perhaps inevitable. But there were very few like him, a young man who simply refused to back up, ever. Who turned the tables on every enemy through sheer ruthlessness and a seeming lack of fear. This is a chronicle of a truly American wildman. Hardin was certainly homicidal, but he was never a maniac. In his times- and they were short- he was a kind of hero. And that kind of murderous hero had no place in peacetime, a fact that everybody except for Hardin seemed to understand. Hardin simply ran out of war, and ran out of frontier, and went to prison.Read more ›
This is a fantastic book that is up to snuff with most of Metz's works. I thoroughly enjoy his writing style, and the rolling body count was nice touch, the type we come to expect from this enjoyable author.
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Outstanding piece of literary work on John Wesley Hardin. A man who was a product and a victim of the reconstruction era that Texas was forced to endure by the ruthless... Read morePublished 5 months ago by G. B. Stokes
Mr. Metz's balanced, readable, research-based biography of Texas desperado, John Wesley Hardin, manages to examine the content and context of Mr. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jeff M. Schwehn
I don't go into detail much on books. I'm make it plain and easy. I've done a lot of reading on the Wild West , the Old West and the Native American West in my 54 years. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Don
Best biography of Hardin out there. This book is very informative and tries to piece as much of Hardin's actual life and deeds and put them into an understandable and believable... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Odn
Metz tries very hard not to seem like the antihero-worshiper this book reveals him to be, but it's more an intellectual than an emotional failing that plagues the work. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Paul Donnelly
This book by Leon C. Metz is a great read if you want to retrace the life of John Wesley Hardin. The details are many, but they pull together to create an intricate puzzle of John... Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by Noun Fun Wu