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The criminal activities and mythology of the James-Younger gang were inextricably linked to the so-called “Lost Cause” delusion of die-hard Confederate sympathizers. The James brothers and other members of their gang fought with the Quantrill raiders, who terrorized Union sympathizers in Missouri and Kansas during the Civil War. Those who bought into the positive view of the gang after the war saw them as resisters against the injustices of Reconstruction. Muehlberger is an attorney and amateur historian who uses an obscure legal proceeding taken against Jesse James to demolish that myth while examining some aspects of their depredations as well as the efforts of state governments and the Pinkerton Agency to thwart them. Jesse James, in particular, is viewed here as a clever self-promoter but also a cold-blooded killer with sociopathic tendencies. This is an often fascinating and provocative revisiting of the careers of these legendary “bad men.” --Jay Freeman

About the Author

JAMES P. MUEHLBERGER is a partner at the Shook, Hardy & Bacon law firm in Kansas City, Missouri. A graduate of the University of Kansas Law School, he is a frequent author on litigation and legal history. His articles have appeared in a number of publications, including the National Law Journal, For the Defense, and Wild West Magazine.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Westholme Publishing; 1 edition (May 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594161739
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594161735
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dale Hunter on November 3, 2014
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First of all if your looking for a book that gives a in depth look at the James-Younger gang this book isn't for you. This book deals with mostly 3 trials or attempted trials of the gang. First one is the attempt to bring Jesse and Frank to trial for the killing of sheets and losing a horse during the robbery and the theft of another horse during the escape. Then they deal with trials of Bill "whiskey head" Ryan, the trial of Clell Miller and of course the trial of Frank James. I knew and have read about the trial of Ryan and of course Frank James but I never knew Clell Miller was brought to trial. He does a good job explaining the trials.
The author is clearly biased against the James-Younger gang and Jesse in particular. This is fine but I prefer to read an author that is fair and doesn't have an ax to grind before he even starts the book. I also have to wonder on whether some of this stuff is true or its the author slanting it to fit his views. Case in point probably the most famous and important event in the gangs life the attempted bank robbery at Northfield, Minnesota. What this author wrote about this event isn't even close to the truth to what actually happened. The actual truth is well documented in many books and has been for years but the author still messes this up this tells me he has an agenda and will even make crap up to fit his agenda. First he says Frank and Jesse went into the bank. That's wrong, the guys that went into the bank were Frank, Bob Younger and Pitts. Jesse James never entered the bank and was originally with Jim Younger and Chadwell guarding the bridge until the shooting started when they rode up to keep the town people off the streets. He then states that Jesse James killed the cashier.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Franco on June 20, 2013
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This book is told through the recorded evidence from trial transcripts
involving theJamesbrothers and thief gang members.
While it is not a typical biography, the history of the James brothers is covered from their involvement in the civil war, and their history as bank and train robbers. The fact that actual trial transcripts are used gives you further insight into the way the James brothers gathered their gangs together and the methods they used to accomplish these undertakings.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gambels on July 18, 2013
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This book provides a thoroughly researched and engaging look at the facts surrounding the Jesse and Frank James "Robin Hood" myth. The book gives a clear picture of the outlaws from their Civil War experience to their civil (and criminal) trials. Through the use of newly found trial transcripts, the book shows how the legal system, then as now, may aim for truth and justice, but it does not always hit the mark.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mercedes P. Brown on December 16, 2013
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The author, James Muehlberger, an attorney, was on Book TV one Saturday and his passion for the story sparked my interest. It is a great read on the rebels who refused to give up the cause and believed the "South would rise again". He also brings to light how the public will make a hero out of a criminal(s) with the help of the media - in this case the press - which had an impact on the outcome of the trial.
Even if you don't like this part of American History you will like this book and will not be able to put it down until you're finished.
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I first encountered Jesse James and the James/Younger gang in 1952 when I began reading and subsequently collecting Western Americana. It wasn’t long before I concluded that Jesse James was nothing but a callous killer who likely never killed anyone --- man, woman, or child --- in anything remotely resembling a fair fight. At that time, however, he was often portrayed as a cross between California’s mythical Joaquin Murrieta and England’s mythical Robin Hood; stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. That was said to be the reason he was so loved, respected, and protected by the people of Missouri that he was able to rob and murder with impunity for almost fifteen years. But I found no evidence to support that assertion.

I soon lost interest in Jesse James and it remained that way until recently, when I ran across this book with its intriguing subtitle: ‘The Trials of Frank and Jesse James.’ I didn’t know that Jesse James was ever brought to trial. So I had to buy the book. And, although it didn’t change my opinion of Jesse, it turned out to be one of the best and most authoritative Western histories I’ve ever read.

It tells the story of Jesse James in as great a depth as you’re ever likely to find, but it also does much more than that: It sheds a great deal of light on the history of Missouri during the Civil War and in the years which followed. In doing so, it goes a long way toward explaining how Jesse James first came to prominence; how he came to be regarded as an honorable son of the South, still carrying the banner of an unjust war; and why he was able to evade justice for so long a time. This had nothing to do with what modern-day Liberals might call ‘redistribution of wealth’ (i.e., stealing from the rich and giving to the poor).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda L. Muehlberger on September 21, 2013
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As a native of Missouri but now living in S. Carolina, as well as a student of History I felt this book clearly brought the horror of the Civil War in that area alive. Setting the stage for the conflicts that were devastating to Kansas and Missouri and the related gang killings that then resulted. I thought, also, as many did that the James Brothers were righting the injustice and were honorable. The book goes into the errors created by the news media and with through research Mr Muehlberger corrects this thinking and shows the situation as it was though legal examination. I enjoyed the book very much - it read like a western shoot em up and was great fun for this ex-Missourian.
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