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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 sixteenJames 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.

©2002 T. J. Stiles (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Bailey R.
  • 06-12-2019

The best book on Jesse James!

This book is like a gritty Western that brings Jesse James to life. It is very eloquently written with vivid in-depth descriptions of his many escapades. The auditor is excellent as well. I've been waiting for this to come out on Audible for several years now, as I already own the book. 5 stars!!! I highly recommend this book!

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  • Robert R Peters
  • 18-11-2020

no jesse james Book not about jesse james book

book about politics and revisionist history
total waste of time
don't buy this book
please

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  • Buretto
  • 24-07-2020

Interesting history, also with Jesse James

For what it is, a political and military history of the Civil War in Missouri, and an account of various factions of political parties in the establishment and dissolution of Reconstruction post-war, it's quite entertaining. Very informative and thorough. Clearly, Jesse James is the linchpin to the project, but he rarely is the star of what is presumably his own story. The author does a good job demonstrating how Jesse James' self-promotion and the promotion by like-minded people of the time created the mythology surrounding the man. Like the lost cause, Jesse James as some legitimate Robin Hood figure was nothing more than pure confederate fantasy.

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  • The Gun Guys
  • 14-07-2020

Great listen, entertaining while historical

Tells the story of what happened while delving into the backstory of why it happened.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-2020

A good book on the best outlaw

the narration was great, the information is mostly accurate, to much time spent on misulanius information

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  • Koni Bock
  • 08-06-2021

more about the silver war

Jesse Jame and his family was talked about at first than changed to more of the history lesson on slavery and the silver was. Not at all what I thought it would be. VERY DISAPPOINTED

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