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Robert M. Utley

Robert M. Utley is a writer and historian of the American West who served as the chief historian of the National Park Service. Utley has written over a dozen books on the West, including the classic American Heritage History of the Indian Wars.

Utley also authored Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life and Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers. In 2004 University of Oklahoma Press released his memoirs, titled Custer and Me: A Historian's Memoir.

Articles by this Author

There have never been many of them, and they haven’t always behaved well. But for more than a century now, they’ve been one of the most famous law-enforcement out fits in the world.
The legend of the most famous of all outlaws belongs to the whole world now. But to find the grinning teen-ager who gave rise to it, you must visit the New Mexico landscape where he lived his short life.
Caught between two cultures, a young Sioux sought to make himself a hero—by killing an army officer
Epilogue, June 1971 | Vol. 22, No. 4
Twenty years after the Little Bighorn— what happened to a fighting people