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Twelve Years in a Saddle

W. John L. Sullivan

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Sergeant Sullivan tells the story of his life as a Texas Ranger for 12 incredible years in the late 1800s.

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Community Reviews

Fascinating book

A wonderful first hand account of 12 years as a Texas Ranger, told without any self glorifying drama. A straight forward telling of life and duty and all the more fascinating for it.

I suppose because its a bio, a lot of the stories are kind of dull.
In fact most of the stories are..."We were looking for these guys, then we found them and arrested them".
Its fine, just surprisingly dull.

The author has a lot of potentially interesting material to talk about here, but he is not the best storyteller. Many of the events he describes are quite short and lack color. It would have been better if he'd made this into two books with more well-developed accounts.

Full of action.

Extremely interesting, having traveled through almost every area mentioned in the book, one can just imagine the action described therein. The Texas Rangers were and always be the most respected law enforcement in the land.

I enjoyed this book. It has the feel of sitting around listening to your great grandfather telling some of his experiences of being a Texas Ranger. I got the old language/wording and skipping around. A lot of Texas history from the viewpoint of John L. Sullivan.

Outstanding autobiography!

Sgt..Sullivan embodies the spirit of doing the right
Thing, keeping the peace, and serving his state, his God, and his fellow man in a way that was over and above any compensation or reward. He shows how a good man can earn the respect of his community, and fellow officers

This book was recommended to me by a co-director of the Wise County Texas Crime Stoppers. I really enjoyed the vignette style of the author in a manner that he was relating his experience as a Texas Ranger in the late 19th and early 20th Century.
I have enjoyed the Smoke Stack Restaurant during my v

If you enjoy history of the old west, especially of the Peace Officers, then you will like this one.

Although the author writes in the way he thought and spoke back in the 1800's old west, it is interesting and easy to decipher his meaning. Life of a Texas Ranger was not an easy one and it was a very

Fascinating book - gives a real insight into the life of the Wild West and particularly that of a Texas Ranger.
The book doesn't really flow very well and, as mentioned in the foreword, comes over very much as a set of reminiscences coming out in conversation over a drink but for anyone interested in

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