The First Fast Draw
by Louis L’Amour

A good western told by the hero Cullen Baker. The title is relevant. He trains himself to draw his pistol quickly so he can have an edge defending himself against the corrupt Reconstructionists and other criminal gangs who are intent on killing him. The story takes place in east Texas near Louisiana. It is a swampy area. Another advantage is that he know the swamps better than his enemies because he grew up near them. Baker and several other good men have been branded as outlaws by the Reconstructionist government, which is depicted as corrupt. It is a libertarian story of self-defense against the state.

Year Read: 2004

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