Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jul 18, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 505 pages
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"This engaging biography exactly and vividly catches the tone of a region, a time, and a man."—Larry McMurtry

From the best-selling author of Billy the Kid and Route 66, a true-life story of a notorious outlaw that magnificently re-creates the vanished, impoverished world of Dust Bowl America. Michael Wallis evokes the hard times of the era as he follows the life of Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd from his coming of age, when there were no jobs and no food, to his descent into a life of petty crime, bootlegging, murder, and prison. Before long he was one of the FBI's original "public enemies." After a series of spectacular bank robberies he was slain in an Ohio field in 1934 at the age of thirty. Pretty Boy is social history at its best, portraying, with a sweeping style, the larger story of the hardscrabble farmers whose lives were so intolerably shattered by the Depression.
 

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Floyd, alias "Pretty Boy,'' a name familiar to all Americans, was one of the notorious gangsters who roamed the United States in the 1920s and 1930s, committing bank robberies and being romanticized ... Read full review

Contents

19041914 CHARLEY
1
child OF aQUariUs
3
the FlOyds
8
GeOrGia rOOts
12
baPtisM by Fire
19
adairsVille GeOrGia
32
seQUOyah cOUNty
37
OUtlaW GhOsts
45
the st lOUis blUes
181
19251934 PRETTY
195
the PeN
197
tOMs tOWN
213
the Walls cOMe tUMbliNG dOWN
231
WhirlWiNd
247
dOG days
267
ON the scOUt
287

kiNG cOttON
55
herOes
60
aMericas rObiN hOOd
67
19141925 CHOC
79
MOONshiNe
81
akiNs OklahOMa
90
OVer there
100
WaNderlUst
113
bOOtleG harVest
125
ONe steP OVer the liNe
140
star liGht star briGht
155
rUby
172
the PhaNtOM terrOr
309
the MidNiGht raMbler
333
brOther caN yOU sPare a diMe?
358
the sUMMer OF 33
384
the Massacre
406
trails eNd
425
Sallisaw Oklahoma
454
Select Bibliography and Source Notes
476
Acknowledgments
486
Index
494
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Michael Wallis is the best-selling author of Route 66, Billy the Kid, Pretty Boy, and David Crockett. He hosts the PBS series American Roads. He voiced The Sheriff in the animated Pixar feature Cars. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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