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If you want to discover the captivating life of Jesse James, then pay attention....

In the minds of many Americans, the name of Jesse James and the Wild West are practically synonymous. The bank robberies, with bullets flying from one side to the other of a dusty little town of the American frontier; the daring train robberies, with locomotives being chased by horses and forced to make a halt only to be boarded by gentlemanly bandits; the spectacular escapes of horse riders camouflaged by long coats, firing two revolvers, one in each hand. All these are episodes that correspond to the life of Jesse James, that notable son of Missouri. In this sense, he is a vital and representative part of American history and life. 

Jesse James was a robber, a murderer, and a notorious outlaw, who carried as many weapons as he could. He could shoot with both hands while he held the reins of his horse in his teeth. He was an extremely popular man in his day, a phenomenon that he readily accepted because he was a person who craved attention. He supposedly gave part of his booty to the poor, although no evidence of this can be found except in folklore.

In Jesse James: A Captivating Guide to a Wild West Outlaw Who Robbed Trains, Banks, and Stagecoaches Across the Midwestern United States, you will discover topics such as:

  • A Boy Named Jesse
  • Back Home
  • An Unlikely Ally
  • Northfield: A Watershed
  • Man Named “Howard”
  • And much, much more!

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Love it!!

Love history and this is no different. It was engaging and thoughtful. The author was very knowledgeable on the subject and did his research. Would recommend!!

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Jesse James

I loved this book. It was barely over an hour, so I finished it in one sitting. I think this was my favorite Captivating read and helped to separate the myth from the reality about this historical figure.

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Hero or Villian

Bank and train robber is he a hero? Murderer? Maybe even a Robinhood of his day, the jury is out with that answer. A brutal incounter with Union soldiers started Jesses on his eventual path. He joined a brutal gang and later formed one of his own. Many people had many different views on Jesse. In the end he was betrayed and many had mixed feelings about that. A good read.

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A life that ended as it was lived

A famous or infamous outlaw that was one of the most talked about rebels of his time revered by some as a modern-day Robin Hood and hated by others as a murderer, robber, and outlaw. The story of Jesse James is an example of how circumstances can make a person. His life was rough from the start growing up in Missouri and he saw things that would make anybody go crazy but I'm not excusing his acts. Weirdly, this man married his 1st cousin that was named after his cousin! Started rolling with the top crowd and joined the rebels and outlaws along with his brothers. They then began robbing banks killing people and pillaging. He executed the first known instance of a train robbery. He truly made everywhere he went the Wild Wild West. A truly mythic figure in history and a conflicted person overall. Was he just in it for the money or was there some political agenda? The narration in the book is done well as there is a British / English man narrating. A pretty short listen / read. Of course the man was the inspiration for the Road Dogg Jesse James name as part of the New Age Outlaws in WWF. Cool story that really transports you to those times and gives you a feeling of how it was to live in those times without insurance in banks and that seems quite primitive by today's standards. Jesse James' life ended as it began and just as he lived it, in violence.

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Fascinating.

Gruesome life. Fascinatingly told. I would recommend this to others.
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Jesse James was no hero!

Jesse James was a brutal killer, thief & Confederate sympathizer.

I had not known that last bit until listening to this book, but modern Neo-Confederates still do, and venerate him to this day.

My advice: Find better folk heroes. IDK, maybe Billy the Kid (also available from “A Captivating Guide” publishing.)

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Where did all the money go?

This little summary of the life of one of the most notorious of the old west's outlaws is worth the few minutes of easy listening needed to learn many astonishing facts and some of the fictions built on the life of Jesse James. "Where did all the money go?" is about the only question I have left after listening to this well-read audiobook. It is difficult to believe that all of the millions (in today's currency values) that he and his gang stole were just gambled away and spent on riotous living by a dozen or so outlaws in the old west. It is easy to see why some believe Jesse Robin Hooded some of it away to others less fortunate.