Pretty Boy: The Life & Times Of Charles Arthur Floyd

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Macmillan, Jun 15, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 396 pages
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In this outstanding work, Michael Wallis magnificently recreates the vanished, impoverished world of Dustbowl America that has not been as poignantly rendered in prose since John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Wallis evokes the hard times of the era of Steinbeck as he follows the life of Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd from his coming of age at a time when there were no jobs and no food, to his decent into petty crime, bootlegging, his murders, jail terms, and his own brutal slaying by the FBI in an Ohio field in 1934 at the age of thirty. Pretty Boy is a social history at its best, portraying, with a sweepings style, the larger story of the hardscrabble farmers whose lives were so intolerably shattered by 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

19141925
61
WANDERLUST
88
BOOTLEG HARVEST
97
ONE STEP OVER THE LINE
108
STAR LIGHT STAR BRIGHT
119
RUBY
131
THE ST Louis BLUES
137
9251 934 HETTY BOY 20 THE PEN
149
THE PHANTOM TERROR
232
THE MIDNIGHT RAMBLER
250
BROTHER CAN You SPARE A DIME?
269
THE SUMMER OF 33
288
THE MASSACRE
304
TRAILS END
318
Epilogue Sallisaw Oklahoma
340
Select Bihliography and Source Notes
355

TOMS TOWN
161
THE WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN
175
WHIRLWIND
186
DOG DAYS
201
ON THE SCOUT
216
Acknowledgments
363
Photograph Crtdits
368
Index
371
Ahout the Author
376
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Michael Wallis, a chronicler of the Old West, lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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