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Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild…

av Mark Lee Gardner

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Recounts the thrilling life of Jesse James, Frank James, the Younger brothers, and the most famous bank robbery of all time -- the Northfield raid -- which led to a two-week chase ending with the bloody final shootout on the Watonwan River.
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In the summer of 1876, the James/Younger gang robbed a bank in Northfield, Minnesota. A spectacular shootout commenced, that the gang did not expect, followed by a breath-taking escape and ending with a massive manhunt. I love reading stories about the Old West and this one really delivers. I learned a lot about that time period and about the gang members themselves. I will be reading more Gardner. Also excellent on audio. ( )
  msf59 | Dec 7, 2019 |
Well-told story that gave a balanced perspective about the people behind this story. I empathized with everyone. ( )
  slmr4242 | Oct 16, 2019 |
This was a very pleasant surprise. This was thought to be a history book of sorts, but it would not be unexpected if it had been a breezy and rather superficial repeat of well know Americana. Most people have seen at least some rendering of Jesse James as a notorious outlaw, but this is indeed a true history book, jammed packed with details, not at all of which are well known, if known at all. If this had been a motion picture, instead of a book, the author might well be up for an Academy Award in film editing, for he keeps the pace following throughout. I don't recall once finding the narrative lagging. And the book covers much more than just the infamous Northfield Raid. Details are offered for the much earlier "bad men" that sprang from the Civil War conflicts and groups such as Quantrill's Raiders, and flows all the way to the early part of the twentieth century. The level and amount of information offered is extraordinary. At first, I found myself comparing it to Hampton Sides' Hellhound on His Trail, which covered James Earl Ray, and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. The narrative was presented in a similar way, but why was this book so much more thorough and confident in its facts? It wouldn't seem to be the fault of Hampton Sides. Then, I found myself comparing it, not just to the 1960s, but to today's news coverage, especially in light of the recent American presidential election. The reader will find a very different world back then for how news was collected, disseminated, and -- over all else -- controlled. Read this book and imagine how much differently American's would have been informed of its presidential candidates. This is not just good history of the "Wild West", but a reflection on our society's changes for anyone willing to look. ( )
  larryerick | Apr 26, 2018 |
Not usually my style of book for reading but this is a good exception. Excellent narratives of the hunt for members of the James gang. Good background biographies of the main characters, and smooth flow to the reading that maintains a good level of suspense. ( )
  VGAHarris | Jan 19, 2015 |
Very readable book that hooks you right from the start. You're given insight into the characters of each man in the James-Younger gang and what became of those that survived the Northfield Raid. The James-Younger gang made the official law enforcement efforts look like the Keystone cops with misidentifications and some men who preferred to turn in for a good night's sleep or have a drink at a saloon along the way rather than keep an eye out for outlaws. Very enjoyable. ( )
  lisa.schureman | Sep 20, 2014 |
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Nerves hard as blackjack oak, the ability to ride like blazes, and the latest six-gun all played a role in the James and Younger boys' special brand of mayhem.
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