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American Outlaw Hardcover – May 3, 2011
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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.
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
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.Read more ›
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.
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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He tells some great stories. Couldn't put it down. Jesse is still an influence.Published 2 months ago by vee deezy
Great read. Showed a total different side of Jesse James. I would suggest this book to anyone. Don't have to be a motorcycle fan to enjoy it.Published 7 months ago by Jeff Buland
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 morePublished 10 months ago by Ellen Jo
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
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 morePublished 13 months ago by crystal meese