Jesse James

Jesse James

Last Rebel of the Civil War

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"Traditionally, Jesse James has been portrayed as a Wild West bandit, a Robin Hood of sorts. But in this meticulously researched, vividly written account of his life, he emerges as far more complicated. Raised in a fiercely pro-slavery atmosphere in bitterly divided Missouri, he began at sixteen to fight alongside some of the most savage Confederate guerrillas. When the Civil War ended, his violent path led him into the brutal conflicts of Reconstruction." "We follow James as he places himself squarely in the forefront of the former Confederates' bid to capture political power with his reckless daring, his visibility, his partisan pronouncements, and his alliance with a rising ex-Confederate editor, John Newman Edwards, who helped shape James's image for their common purpose. In uniting violence and the news media on behalf of a political cause, James was hardly the quaint figure of legend. Rather, as his life played out across the racial divide, the rise of the Klan, and the expansion of the railroads, he was a forerunner of what we have come to call a terrorist."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375405839
Branch Call Number: B JamesStiles
B James Stiles
364.1552 S856
Characteristics: xiii, 510 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm


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Jun 09, 2016

probably the best book on the famous outlaw.

Apr 30, 2015

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My Rating 5/5

Jesse James was a famous outlaw and as with all kinds of fame myths are bound to be created. Sometimes its tough to tell the difference between truth and tales. This book however did it perfectly. This the tells the completely true and very brutal story of the famous outlaw. No gory or horrible detail is skipped and it provides possible thought process behind his actions as well. I originally read this book for history class and I expected a boring drudgery of facts but instead I got a novel like non fiction book that was extremely interesting. This book of course tells the story of Jesse James from his childhood to his death. This include his time before the civil war and a good explanation to why he became a rebel. This also includes his rise to fame explained with great detail. Overall due to detail and well written and interesting facts i fate this book 5 stars out of 5.


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