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American Outlaw Paperback – October 18, 2011
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About the Author
Jesse James is the CEO of West Coast Choppers, a manufacturer of custom-made motorcycles, and was the star of Discovery Channel’s reality show Monster Garage, Spike TV’s Jesse James Is a Dead Man, as well as the documentaries Motorcycle Mania and Motorcycle Mania 2.
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I really like the book. It had some information I knew, but also a lot I did not know about. He reveals a lot of information I would not have expected, but clearly left some out. First of all, in the pictures he has a sister but never mentions her in the book. He also does not mention his mother more than a few times.
He does chronicle his childhood (or lack of) well. He talks in depth about his relationship with his father. His life really is just on continuous interesting story.
From a crazy childhood, getting offers to top D1 Schools for football (Colorado, USC, Hawaii), jail, people who tried to ruin him to people who tried to help him. This book tells pretty much all of it.
He does not talk much about WCC in details as you may expect and does says a good amount about Sandra.
In the end, a well written book from the heart, about a guy we knew little about. If you are a fan, A Must Read.
Eventually he moved out of our building and through dumb luck I caught an episode of Monster Garage from one of my neighbors explaining to me how he's going to turn a Mustang into a lawn mower. To his credit, he made the blue collar worker an icon, and a hero. In fact, I hope one day I can get that excited about a Makita tool set, but I'm more of a white collar guy. Anyway, I digress. If you continued watching Monster Garage you notice that towards the end of the series Jesse just showed up to meet the crew and build for a day, then he would not show up at all. That's pretty much how I would describe this book - him not showing up. The worst par tot the book is him detailing a car chase about a paparazzi chasing him in Long Beach as if he was James Bond eluding henchman. He clearly did not write this book which is fine but he did not get into any gritty details about what's really going on with him like you would read in the Steve Jobs book. What would have make this book munch better would be the perspective of the people at West Coast Choppers, Discover Channel, insiders from Hollywood and even the Walmart executives when he signed his epic distribution deal that pretty much set him for life financially. Instead, we get this dribble of a "biography" that talks about his daddy issues. He would have been better off not making this as it dilutes his mystique and brand as this just made him come off very cliche and Hollywood.