Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War
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.
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Jesse James: last rebel of the Civil WarUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Cold-blooded killer? Missouri Robin Hood? Romantic Western outlaw? Jesse James has been portrayed as all these things, yet many of these portrayals are either too simplistic or too one-sided. The ... Read full review
Review: Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil WarUser Review - Robert - Goodreads
This is a scholarly work, with a thesis to argue. TJ Stiles makes a convincing case for Jesse James as a politically driven outlaw, aligned with the Quantrells before and during the Civil War, and ... Read full review