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He Rode with Butch and Sundance: The Story of Harvey “Kid Curry” Logan

. 2012. 464p. 978-1-57441-147-7. 29.95.
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In his first book, Smokov upends the popular view of the Western outlaw gang led by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid by reevaluating the long-standing reputation of member Harvey “Kid Curry” Logan as a dull-witted, cold-blooded murderer. The author presents a thoroughly researched and documented argument that Kid Curry was a cunning and capable leader of the Wild Bunch outlaws. Smokov spends a lot of ink evaluating whether the romantic stories that have defined Kid Curry are valid or spurious, and he does so in greater depth than does Gary A. Wilson in Tiger of the Wild Bunch. He impartially examines reports of Kid Curry’s travels to South America with Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, clarifies which train and bank robberies he participated in, and considers whether or not he died, as reported, in 1904. ­
VERDICT Destined to become a required text for historical research on the Wild Bunch in general and Kid Curry in particular, this work will be useful in academic and public libraries for readers of Western outlaw literature who value historical accuracy over fictionalized romance.

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