Frank and Jesse James: The Story Behind the Legend :: Ted P. Yeatman

Frank and Jesse James: The Story Behind the Legend :: Ted P. Yeatman soon to be presented for sale on the first-class BookLovers of Bath web site!

Nashville: Cumberland House, 2000, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps;

From the cover: To some they were Robin Hoods, mythic figures of righteous retribution, individuals wronged by corporate greed. To others they were the devil incarnate, bloodthirsty hooligans, cold-blooded killers. The disparity between these interpretations of Frank and Jesse James is often attributed to the faded link between the marauding Missouri guerrilla bands of the Civil War and the general lawlessness that plagued the Old West for most of the mid-nineteenth century.

As it is with most legends, the beginning of the story of the James brothers is somewhat murky. When the first successful peacetime daylight bank robbery in the United States occurred in 1866, Frank and Jesse themselves were not identified as the robbers. They were, however, loosely associated with the men alleged to have committed the crime. Once their careers in crime commenced, the James brothers eluded capture for sixteen years, until 1882, when Jesse was killed by Bob and Charlie Ford while the…

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Quarter-bound Black on Cream boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 480 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I fascinate you with a carefully selected medley featured in my History catalogue?


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