An autobiography which is at the same time high ranking among the best of the multitude of stories of the settling of our own west. George Coe is still living in the community where he fought to bring civilization in and drive lawlessness out, and he tells an exciting story, good reading from first page to last. The reader follows Coe through Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and southward, herding cattle through Indian infested country. He reviews the events leading up to the Lincoln County war, the establishment of the first school room, the appearance of the first ""sky pilot."" He shows peaceful days following the lawlessness. He draws the present depression. Through much of the story runs the altogether glamorous and charming figure of the notorious ""Billy the Kid"". A man who ""sang like a bird"", who did not make idle threats, who was loyal to his friends. Many other famous figures of the west cross the pages. One sees them not as romantic characters, but men living under difficulties which gave reason for their actions. Of interest to those demanding ""escape literature"" -- as well as to anyone interested in the history of the southwest or the country.