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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451627858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451627855
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

I am about halfway thru the book and I can't stop reading it.
annekeller
This is a very well written story from the man about the man, who else could tell a life story than the person who lived it, he is very honest and open about his life.
rex arbogast
Great Book, not too many people from a bad situation make good of it.
Leilani Beckius

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67 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Rogue Iron Giant on May 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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57 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Anomie on May 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Scout on May 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Evil Pug's Mama on June 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Paul Teutul on May 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am on page 122. How can a guy tell you 150 times in 122 pages how tough, cool and nice he is? Easy, this is all part of the Jesse James revisionist history tour. Worse, so far the book reads like a romance novel. Although he constantly claims to be six-three and weighs 230 pounds, I doubt it. "Sandy" is five-eight and in each picture of them they appear to be close in hight. Six-three two hundred and thirty pounds does make him sound much more cool.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dave-O on March 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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