Jesse James

Jesse James

Last Rebel of the Civil War

Book - 2002
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In this brilliant biography T. J. Stiles offers a new understanding of the legendary outlaw Jesse James. Although he has often been portrayed as a Robin Hood of the old west, in this ground-breaking work Stiles places James within the context of the bloody conflicts of the Civil War to reveal a much more complicated and significant figure.

Raised in a fiercely pro-slavery household in bitterly divided Misssouri, at age sixteen James became a bushwhacker, one of the savage Confederate guerrillas that terrorized the border states. After the end of the war, James continued his campaign of robbery and murder into the brutal era of reconstruction, when his reckless daring, his partisan pronouncements, and his alliance with the sympathetic editor John Newman Edwards placed him squarely at the forefront of the former Confederates' bid to recapture political power. With meticulous research and vivid accounts of the dramatic adventures of the famous gunman, T. J. Stiles shows how he resembles not the apolitical hero of legend, but rather a figure ready to use violence to command attention for a political cause--in many ways, a forerunner of the modern terrorist.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2002
ISBN: 9780375705588
Branch Call Number: 920 JAME
Characteristics: 510 p


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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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