Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War

Written by:
T. J. Stiles
Narrated by:
Christopher Lane

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2019
18 hours 35 minutes
In this brilliant biography T. J. Stiles offers a new understanding of the legendary outlaw Jesse James. Although he has often been portrayed as a Robin Hood of the old west, in this ground-breaking work Stiles places James within the context of the bloody conflicts of the Civil War to reveal a much more complicated and significant figure.

Raised in a fiercely pro-slavery household in bitterly divided Misssouri, at age sixteen James became a bushwhacker, one of the savage Confederate guerrillas that terrorized the border states. After the end of the war, James continued his campaign of robbery and murder into the brutal era of reconstruction, when his reckless daring, his partisan pronouncements, and his alliance with the sympathetic editor John Newman Edwards placed him squarely at the forefront of the former Confederates’ bid to recapture political power. With meticulous research and vivid accounts of the dramatic adventures of the famous gunman, T. J. Stiles shows how he resembles not the apolitical hero of legend, but rather a figure ready to use violence to command attention for a political cause—in many ways, a forerunner of the modern terrorist.
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Dio F.

Enjoyed the book a great deal, well researched and informative. I have a completely different opinion of Mr. James after this book, enjoyed the narration as well. Also I had no idea as to the level of vicious fighting among Missourians, many of them civilians, that transpired during and after the Civil War, actually it was quite shocking

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