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American Outlaw [Kindle Edition]

Jesse James
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The New York Times bestselling self-portrait of a flawed but determined Jesse James: rebel, outlaw, gearhead, artist, entrepreneur, lost son, and fiercely committed father.

Jesse James is everything you imagined him to be—and more than you ever expected.

He has led a violent life. He’s survived lower depths, faced harder times, and beaten down more private demons than most—and lived to tell his story with honesty, introspection, and humility. He’s tough as nails and riding hard through life, with plenty of wisdom to share about taking a hit and coming back up. In American Outlaw, Jesse reveals all: from his volatile upbringing and troubled relationship with his father to his wild days of car thieving and juvenile detention; from knocking heads as a rock ’n’ roll bodyguard to his destructive drinking and barroom brawling; from building an empire from the ground up to marriages marked with both happiness and gut-wrenching pain; from living inside the hottest level of paparazzi hell to rehab and making peace with his past.

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About the Author

Jesse James is the CEO of West Coast Choppers, a manufacturer of custom-made motorcycles, and was the star of Discovery Channel’s reality show Monster Garage, Spike TV’s Jesse James Is a Dead Man, as well as the documentaries Motorcycle Mania and Motorcycle Mania 2.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6386 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G8QTM0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,586 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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67 of 81 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Get this book from the library. May 9, 2011
Like a previous reviewer said, "This isn't written by Jesse James." He does not have the vocabulary that is used often in the book. I wish that ghost writers would get more credit but I guess they don't care unless they don't get paid.

He doesn't deal with things he caused except to play victim. He talks about his life as if it was sooo hard. What does he want? Brownie points. Everyone's life is hard to that person. But only a very few write a book to tell the world how much they suck.

His show was entertaining but like anyting else it fades away like old soldiers do. Don't waste your money. Just get it from the library and save your money for our over-priced gas.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blah Blah Blah May 14, 2011
By Scout
I was excited to read this book. I wanted to know what made this guy tic and why he would ruin his marriage.

It's obvious he didn't write the book. It's also obvious he wants readers to feel sorry for him and plays the victim. I don't know what his motives were for writing this book but I think I can guess. Unfortunately there is nothing new in this book, nor nothing that would make me feel sorry for Jesse. I actually feel sorry for the people around him because he has the woe is me mentality.

This book would be like Bernie Madoff writing a book and he claims he is the victim. I wish he had been more honest in this book. Don't waste your money this book will be in the bargain basement soon
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57 of 77 people found the following review helpful
By Anomie
I admit to being somewhat fascinated with the train wreck that is this man's life. I really didn't want to give money to support him because I do believe him to be a man without character but I ended up at one of those brick and mortar bookstores with a few extra hours so I gave it a quick read (I know, I know... one of "those" people). First, let me say that it does not read like he wrote it. I know some folks defend his intelligence so let me disclose my brother is a welder and a darn good one and I am proud of his accomplishments and his intelligence so I don't think that being a "fabricator" means that you are stupid BUT the vocabularly used in this book simply doesn't match Mr. James' many interviews. It just isn't his authentic voice.

Which brings up my next observation: the story, itself, lacks authenticity. I am no expert on his life but there are specific stories and details that contradict stories and details from past pieces written on him and interviews given by him. Almost every story focuses on trying very hard to portray himself as a victim of someone else's behavior even to the extent of his feeling controlled by being asked to turn down the volume of the radio. I understand that he sees this as symbolic of a wider problem but it would have been nice if he could see the problem being his own perceptions, feelings, and behaviors and not the acts and behaviors of others. He (or his ghostwriter) gives lip service to the notion that he has experienced personal growth but the totality of the read argues against that. In short, this book seems to be part of a wider agenda to justify his life choices rather than take responsibility for them.

The literary category of autobiography is a difficult one to embrace.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars American Outlaw = Cautious and Generic word fluff June 8, 2011
I have to admit, I bought this book expecting a cheater's perspective on cheating; motivation, feeling, etc. I purchased the book with an open mind and wanted to learn about this "local celebrity". I always liked Jesse James' dark sense of humor in his Monster Garage series and expected to see that shine through the book. The book read like some fonzie character wrote it with corny 50s talk. I understand that celebrities don't necessarily "write" their own books but their persona should not get lost within the words.

He went into details about his first wife, second wife, but not so much the third wife. I also expected to read about his current engagement/relationship with Kat Von D. It was nice to read about some of the places he lived / worked / etc because it was so close to home for me. I could relate to the locales.

Sadly, I was disappointed in the book. I was expecting something deeper, darker, and more personal. It seemed very cautious and generic. There's an interesting story there but it was buried under word fluff.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a loser March 6, 2012
By Dave-O
This book is most definently not written by Jesse James, as mentioned by other reviewers. Became interested in reading this as I've followed James since he showed up on tv building bikes. Although I don't dig his style, he's much better than those clowns in Orange County, whom whether you love him or hate him he beat in their BS build off that clown Junior won with his high school float of a bike. However, that's what I wanted to hear about in his book. What it was like to build West Coast Choppers up. What it was like to ride handle bar to handle bar with Indian Larry. How he felt about the horribly, perverted "choppers" being churned out by Orange County Choppers.

Instead he does nothing but pump himself up as a tough guy, and make a meager attempt to excuse the fact he shot himself in both feet in regards to being married to one of the most beautiful, famous women in the world who married him despite his three children from previous marriages, one from his pornstar ex-wife. The book simply proves he's an insecure loser and his interviews prove the words used in the book are most certainly not in his limited vocabulary. He should show some of the class his ex wife has and leave the messy divorce he caused himself between the two of them and not in a weak tell all book, and Howard Stern, and American Chopper, and every other source of media he can use as a makeshift shoulder to cry on. I used to like Jesse James before he turned into an insecure loser.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging
Despite previous reviews' complaints about Jesse James obviously not writing this, and/or coming off as a whiner, I decided to purchase it after reading a well-written and engaging... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ellen Jo
1.0 out of 5 stars knob!!
Absolute load of rubbish. Biggest waste of money on any book I have purchased.
The man is full of it, absolutely no responsibility for anything unless it makes him look... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jason Berney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome book really showed the man under the tough exterior.
Published 2 months ago by Jamie Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read. I got this for my boyfriend who ...
Awesome read. I got this for my boyfriend who has been a JJ fan since day 1. I ended up reading it before him and really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by crystal meese
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 4 months ago by nuke
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Story!
I just wanted to give it a big thumbs up even though I'm only halfway through it. Most definitely worth reading, very inspirational story and I am constantly surprised how much... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Toby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 6 months ago by ttiger74
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 7 months ago by lauralee
2.0 out of 5 stars It should be called "Jess E. James - Hollywood Outlaw" because he...
I had the good fortune of living in the same building as Jesse James when he lived in the Kress Loft, with his first wife before Monster Garage took him into that mythical place we... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Virgos Merlot
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Informative
I've always liked Jesse James, but this book gave me a whole new look at the man. I found him to be driven, honest and dedicated to doing the very best he can at what ever task he... Read more
Published 10 months ago by ANGELA C
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