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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House; 2 edition (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581823258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581823257
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the best I have ever read about the notorious bandits." -- St. Joseph News-Press, June 19, 2000

"Exceptional!!!!" -- Today's Books, July 14, 2000

FRANK AND JESSE JAMES is an example of how a biography should be prepared. -- True West Magazine, September 2000

Frank and Jesse James is an example of how a biography should be prepared: thorough research into all available depositories; -- True West Magazine, Sept. 2000 by Chuck Parsons

I close with two suggestions: 1) Read Ted Yeatman's book for the full Jesse and Frank James story; 2) Be careful riding those freight cars west of El Paso. -- WILD WEST, August 2000

Readers will Mr. Yeatman's gambol through Missouri history. -- ST. JOSEPH NEWS-PRESS, June 2, 2000

Yeatman not only gives the James brothers' story well, he encompasses it in a history of the times. -- Jim Dullenty, Former Editor TRUE WEST/ OLD WEST magazines --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

TED YEATMAN is a freelance researcher and writer. His articles have appeared in Civil War Times Illustrated, True West, Old West, and The Quarterly of the National Association and Center for Outlaw and Lawman History. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area.

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The book reads well and the facts are presented in an excellent manner.
Ralph Ganis
Yeatman's jumbled writing contains too many icebergs the reader must dodge or sink in the process.
Dennis Brandt
If you can only have one book on this subject, this is the one to have!
S. Geisel

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is a truly amazing work. When Dr. William Settle's book was published in 1966 it was thought that this would be the final word in terms of a good documented history of the James brothers. But lo and behold there was much information waiting to be discovered, which in this book casts new light on an old legend. Of particular interest is new information on the James brothers in the Civil War, perhaps the most detailed and complete treatment to date. The revelations concerning the Pinkerton raid on the James farm in 1875, complete with an appendix of previously unpublished letters by detective Allan Pinkerton, are equally fascinating, as are the years spent in Tennesee following the Northfield raid. Many books leave out the years following Frank James' surrender in 1882, or at best minimize it, and Frank's imporance to the James story. In this book we see Frank dealing with both celebrity and notoriety in his later years, as he works in a number of mundane jobs and then enters show-business. The stories of Frank's career on stage and with a third rate Wild West Show are as interesting as those of the years of banditry, with a number of surprises in store for the reader along the way. The story of what became of Jesse's family after his death, and of the many impostors gets a good treatment too. This book has the only detailed account of the 1995 exhumation and forensic testing of the reamis of Jesse in any book published thus far. It has the text of a press conference given by Prof. Starrs at the 1996 American Academy of Forensic Sciences which is to be found nowhere else. The story of the James brothers, Frank and Jesse, is essentially one of historical detective work, and the record in places is sometimes unclear or non-existant.Read more ›
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Thurston James on July 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
'Frank and Jesse James' is a well documented book on the notorious James Boys and it is a welcome addition to the library of books that have been written on the James - Younger Gang.
Some of the books that have been published in recent years are simply a rehashing of information the author has found in older manuscripts. That is certainly not the case with this work by Ted Yeatman. Separating myth from fact is a very difficult thing to do after a period of 130 years, but he has taken some great strides in accomplishing this feat . Ted has uncovered information that gives us new insights into many of the legendary stories.
There has also been an attempt at placing the activities of the James Gang in it's historic setting. The text goes into quite a bit of helpful detail in explaining the state and federal governments attitudes and the politics of the time.
I believe this book is destined to become a standard in the literature of the outlaw James Gang.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Ganis on September 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Ralph P. Ganis, a James Gang Historian and Author, July 25, 2000, HISTORY AT IT'S BEST

Here's a toast to Historian Ted Yeatman who has given America the finest history of the James Gang to date. This book is a must for any student or enthusiast of America's outlaw brothers. The book reads well and the facts are presented in an excellent manner. My library on James Gang books includes more than 50 titles and Mr. Yeatman's book would be my #1 choice for accuracy. As a James Gang historian, I strongly recommend Frank and Jesse James: The Story Behind the Legend.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Smith on July 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
For all the volume of material written about Frank and Jesse James and their outlaw group, sources which reflect serious research are not easy to find. Much it reflects more of the prejudices, pop culture stereotypes and popular political and social views of the author than history. But this is one of the more solid entries in this area of American history in awhile.
Mr. Yeatman's approach does reflect a modern take on the story, such as a mention of post-traumatic stress being a factor in people from respectable families becoming so alienated after the Civil War -- an aspect not likely to occur to many historians prior to the Vietnam era. There's also considerably more attention given here to exactly how the "Robin Hood" legend of the James gang was manufactured as a 19th century media creation, and how the success of that image fit in with the social issues of the Jameses' time.
People familiar with James-Younger history will appreciate some unusually thorough accounts of Frank James' and Cole Younger's attempts at running a Wild West show shortly after the turn of the century. The book also includes appendixes that include as much helpful information as the main body of the book: Civil War correspondence, sample editorials of the period and a transcript of a press conference concerning the 1995 exhumation and DNA testing as only a few examples. There is, in fact, quite extensive coverage of the procession of bogus "Jesse Jameses" who've tried to cash in on historic notoriety over the years.
An excellent historic source.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Charles Rabas on October 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Ted Yeatman has produced the best work on the James brothers since William Settle's 1966 "Jesse James Was His Name". His well-documented research over two decades has paid off with what I, a long-time researcher into the subject myself, consider a "must-have" volume for any James buff. Many books on this subject have appeared over the years, but Yeatman stands head and shoulders above the rest. Many specifics concerning Frank and Jesse are open to speculation, and Yeatman avoids the pitfall of expressing his opinions as facts--a lesson most writers on this subject have yet to learn.
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