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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 255 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Kudos for clarifying confusing issues surrounding Jesse James!
Tim
I enjoyed the book very much - it read like a western shoot em up and was great fun for this ex-Missourian.
Linda L. Muehlberger
The author provides fresh insight into the age old story of Jesse James.
Bob

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4 of 5 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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1 of 1 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Klein on September 21, 2013
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This book tells the unknown story of Jesse's assassination of a former Union Officer in retribution for a Civil War killing, and how a young lawyer and former Union private sued Frank and Jesse James. This is a very engaging story and an excellent read!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob on September 20, 2013
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The author provides fresh insight into the age old story of Jesse James. By giving the reader an historical "lay of the land" relative to Missouri vs Kansas during the time period leading up to and including the Civil War, the author allows the reader to sift through the abundance of Jesse James myths sorting fact from fiction. Of particular interest is how historical events covered in the "Lost Cause" are still impacting events today (ie the border war between the University of Kansas and University of Missouri and the states rights vs slavery issues behind the Civil War). Go Jayhawks!
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2 of 3 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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By camille on December 28, 2013
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The first half of this book is very engaging, and in fact, I'd rate the first half a '4'. I wasn't sure I'd be interested in Frank and Jesse James, but the author did a good job at telling the story and weaving it in the context of what was going on in the Civil War -- and particularly in Kansas and Missouri. But at the point where Jesse is shot and killed, something happens -- and the author goes into a legalistic discourse that may only be interesting to a lawyer. It was downhill from there, and thus the '3' (ie., "OK" but I wouldn't recommend) rating.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By fmcdon on September 21, 2013
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Muehlberger makes history enjoyable to read~great author...Even for a relative novice like myself, the author really brought history alive and understandable. I look forward to more of his work.
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