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Frank and Jesse James: The Story Behind the Legend

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
"To some he was a Robin Hood, a mythic figure of righteous retribution. "

"To others he was the devil incarnate, a bloodthirsty hooligan and cold-blooded killer. "

The disparity between these views of the outlaw Jesse James is often attributed to an almost invisible line between marauding Missouri guerrilla bands of the Civil War and the general lawlessness that plagued the
Paperback, 512 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Cumberland House Publishing (first published April 1st 2000)
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May 03, 2008 Joe rated it liked it
I normally enjoy biographies, and in this case there are two very interesting subjects. With all of the novels and movies that involve the James brothers, this book provides a good look at some of the actual facts and a more accurate portrayal of their personalities then some of the other books about them. It is good, but unfortunately it's not great. The lives that they led and the personalities that they had could have made for a very interesting and entertaining book (even with it being ...more
Mark Sequeira
This was a very readable, interesting book that comes highly recommended by both those who know the subject matter and general readers. It presents a 'fair' reading between both the 'confederate-southern-hero' interpretation and the 'law-and-order' Union version. Who knew that Jesse James had met Billy the Kid and that Jesse had tried to recruit him into robbing banks in New Mexico?! Or that the man that shot Jesse James in the back, Bob Ford, would later be challenged to a duel by Jose Chavez y ...more
William Matthies
Sep 18, 2012 William Matthies rated it liked it
Just finished. If you are an American Civil War enthusiast, the first part shouldn't be all that tedious, but that's not me and it was. However once past the war, we got into the banditry years and things got interesting. Yeatman tended to go into more detail than I cared to read, a little too often, but overall a good read.
Apr 06, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it
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Frank and Jesse James, by Ted P. Yeatman, 2003. Interesting, sprawling, anecdotal history of the James brothers. The historical context that Yeatman provides, particularly regarding the border wars of the Civil War in Missouri and Kansas and the partisan strife that followed, was very useful.
May 02, 2012 Royce rated it really liked it
Somewhat detailed and complicated, but provides in depth description of pre-civil war struggles over state rights, slavery, class warfare, blood feuds, rage against corporate and political power mongers, and some really bad men.
Jan 11, 2010 Mitzi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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a little bit too detailed information for me. Passed this one on to my husband who is reading & enjoying it.
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