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Evil Obsession: The Annie Cook Story Paperback – November, 1991

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Midgard Press; Likely 1st Edition edition (November 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939644843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939644841
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have heard many rumors about Annie Cook and her muderouse ways. No one understood the extent of Annie's power that I have heard said about her. I am a victem of domestic violence. I understand how a person can be raped of their will and their soul. This story was so well written it made me embark on a year long investigation of my own. I uesd the directions in the book for the yard sale after Annie died. I found the Cook Farm. Thanks for adding that. The farm has changed. But the barn in the picture of Annie you added in the book is still there. And it looks the same.So is the chicken coops with the bungalo. I found Lizzy, Mary and her husband in the North Platte Cemetery. I was so moved to see that these are real people. I work on genelogy,it is my passion. So I looked the Cook family up in the 1920's census. And Mary is listed as a hired hand! Is this the way Annie got back at her family? Or was Mary a Tax wright off? Lord ,Annie can discust me from her grave. I take my hat off to you Nellie.I could not have listened to the story. I had a hard time reading it. That should let you know It is a very good book1
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This book is a real page turner. I live about 80 miles south of where her farm was and I had never heard of her. Its hard to think that someone like this could do the things she did and buy everyones silence. This book makes you glad you were not left homeless in that time. I have talked to some people that lived in and around Hershey and North Platte and they remember the rumors of the goings on on the farm. A great read and hard to put down. Add Annie cook to your list of nightmares.
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i read this book years ago, i was still a teenager, I couldn't fully comprehend all that was written, I was just excited to see my great-grandfather's name mentioned in the book, thinking back this reality that was still scares me. Even with everything that has happend since the book was relesed and everything that will happen in the future. I still can't believe that woman was from my hometown.
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This book kept me on my toes! Having grown up in North Platte, Nebraska and having seen pictures of Annie Cooks Farm made this book hit home. An advocate for women of rape and domestic abuse I have a big heart for victims! I found myself crying as I turned the pages, and intrigued at how such torture occured.Its hard to believe that such abuse and horrific acts went unnoticed or unannounced in this area. This book is wonderfully researched and written! The empathy you'll feel for Lizzie and the others is endless!
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I was taken by this book so much that after borrowing it from a friend, I decided I had to order my own copy. I lived about 60 miles West of North Platte so I was especially interested in the historical part of the story. I can't believe someone like Annie Cook could be so evil. I was constantly amazed at her actions throughout the book. The book is very well written and I can't wait to read it again.
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"It was the best of times... it was the worst of times." Those words were certainly true about Lincoln County in the 1930's and 1940's. The thirties brought us Annie Cook and an incredible story of greed, corruption, bootlegging, organized crime, cruelty and murder. The 1940's brought us the North Platte World War II Canteen where 6 million service men and women were greeted with love and generosity.

Nellie Snyder Yost's "Evil Obsession" is a page turner. It's one of those books that you read all night through because you can't put it down. And yes, it is a true story. Locally lists circulate of the "real" names of the characters in the book. When it first came out more than twenty years ago, we sought to have it as a "One Book" community reading project. There was so much opposition from families who knew they or their relatives had been mentioned in the book that the library decided to scrap the idea.

It was a very sad time in North Platte's history, yet for us to learn any lessons from the evil of that time, the story needs to be told. In order for North Platte to celebrate the wonderful story of the North Platte Canteen and the family community we've become, we must embrace the fact that during the 1930's, we were known as Little Chicago and blackmail and bribery were how business was done.

I highly recommend this book.
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I was fortunate to meet Nellie Snyder Yost, the author of EVIL OBSESSION, in North Platte at the AtoZ Bookstore in 2006. She was 98 at the time. I asked her why she had waited so long to tell this story and she told me that there were just too many people still living that wouldn't want to see all the details revealed. Of course this made me want to read her book even more-and I am not a fan of self-published, which this was at the time.

Once I got started I couldn't stop. Yost writes in a likeable story-telling way. The story is 3rd person, but dwells on all the facts. Even half way through the story you say "how could this all be happening". But it really all did. There is no happy-ending like traditional stories, but some good comes to the survivors. Your heart bleeds for all that came under the spell of Anne Cook. What a horrendous human being she was for her entire life.

Buy it and read this book - it's better than a "true-crime" book. Unbelievably is how many people were involved with Anne Cook. Thank you Nellie Snyder Yost - and may you rest in peace knowing your book is out there telling a horrific tale - one that needed to be told.

Nellie Snyder Yost passed away the year after I met her - I was disappointed I didn't tell her how great a storyteller she was. Now I honor her memory by purchasing her book and passing it on to my friends.
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