Jesse James Last Rebel of the Civil War

ISBN-10: 0375705589
ISBN-13: 9780375705588
Edition: N/A
Authors: T. J. Stiles
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $18.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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.

A native of Benton County, Minnesota, T. J. Stiles studied history at Carleton College and Columbia University. Stiles is the author of The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War. He has written for the New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic online, Smithsonian, Salon.com, the Los Angeles Times, among other publications, and taught nonfiction creative writing at Columbia University. In 2010 his book about Cornelius Vanderbuilt won the Pulitzer Prize for biographies. He now lives in the Presidio of San Francisco with his wife and son.

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Prologue
Zion: 1842-1860
The Preacher
The Widow
The Slaves
Fire: 1861-1865
Rebels
Neighbors
Terror
Horror
Exile
Defiance: 1865-1876
A Year of Bitterness
The Guerrillas Return
The Death of Captain Sheets
The Chivalry of Crime
Invisible Empires
Allies and Enemies
The Persistence of Civil War
Ambition
Anabasis
Fate: 1876-1882
Resurrection
Assassins
Apotheosis
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations Used in the Notes
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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