From the Back Cover
"Anyone interested in Jesse and Frank James should buy this book." -True West "For anyone who wonders about the James clan, [this book] is essential." -Wild West The daring exploits of Frank and Jesse James have fascinated America for more than a century. Eager to bask in the reflected glory of the James clan, many people claim a family connection to these two famous outlaws. In response, notable historian, folklorist, and expert on the Ozarks Phillip W. Steele penned an authoritative chronicle of the James family, drawing on sources discovered in the past few decades. Anecdotes, family stories, and genealogies of all members, along with more than forty rare photographs, accurately document the James clan's history. Individuals who believe they share a blood tie with the James brothers will find this book an invaluable resource in authenticating their claim. Those who are merely captivated by the romance and mystery of two of America's most wanted men will discover startling facts about these celebrated figures. Phillip W. Steele (July 20, 1934-November 8, 2007) was a well-respected folklorist and historian. He was a member of the Western Writers of America, Jesse James Historical Society, and National Association for Outlaw and Lawman History. Steele is also the author of Pelican's Phillip Steele's Ozark Stories, Ozark Tales and Superstitions, Outlaws and Gunfighters of the Old West, The Last Cherokee Warriors, The Many Faces of Jesse James, Starr Tracks: Belle and Pearl Starr, The Family Story of Bonnie and Clyde, Civil War in the Ozarks, and Two Longs and a Short: An Ozark Boyhood Remembered.
About the Author
Western writer Phillip W. Steele serves as president of the National Outlaw and Lawman History Association and is a member of the Western Writers of America. Steele's other books include The Many Faces of Jesse James (pb), Jesse and Frank James: The Family History (pb), and Outlaws and Gunfighters of the Old West (pb/cass). All are published by Pelican.