Bad Guys in American History

Bad Guys in American History

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by George Cantor
     
 

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Maybe, in the end, it is the sheer fascination with evil that makes these individuals so compelling.

From Billy the Kid to Al Capone, from Blackbeard the pirate to John Wilkes Booth, from Benedict Arnold to Bonnie and Clyde, the most fascinating characters in our nation's history have always been the outlaws. Defying authority and pursuing an underworld version of

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Maybe, in the end, it is the sheer fascination with evil that makes these individuals so compelling.

From Billy the Kid to Al Capone, from Blackbeard the pirate to John Wilkes Booth, from Benedict Arnold to Bonnie and Clyde, the most fascinating characters in our nation's history have always been the outlaws. Defying authority and pursuing an underworld version of the American dream, they continue to fuel the public's interest years after their deaths.

How did the most feared individuals of their day become the subjects of romanticized myths and folklore? Bad Guys in American History provides a provocative analysis of why America's villains continue to fascinate us. And why, ironically, the states and territories that once pursued them now find that these criminals have become a steady source of revenue.

Bad Guys in American History tells the stories of some of our country's most compelling outlaws, from their first crimes to final fates. Also included are two of the most famous prisons in our history and three notorious courts of law. Each entry includes lively background information about these celebrated bad guys and thrilling accounts of their exploits. But Bad Guys in American History goes even farther, examining the reasons behind these outlaws' enduring legends, detailing the routes and sites of their most famous adventures, and providing valuable information on the locations of their thefts, murders, and shootouts, should you wish to visit these infamous places yourself.

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ISBN-13:
9780760790779
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
04/06/2007
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

George Cantor has been an author and working journalist since 1963. His award-winning column was a fixture in the Detroit News for over twenty years, and he has written extensively on American history, travel, sports, and pop culture. Cantor is a consultant and travel writer for The History Channel and serves as a prime contributor to the cable network's website. He lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

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JennGrrl More than 1 year ago
This book is all about "bad guys" and a few "gals" in American History, just as the title suggests, but it really isn't only about how they were bad. It can certainly be argued that each of the persons in the book did something bad (like murder), or were at least accused of it and seen by the public as doing it, but the book also tells about some of the good that was done by some of the people. The book begins with the Salem Witch Trials and ends with Alcatraz Prison (there are two prisons covered in the book). In between, it covers (in no particular order on my part) Quantrill, Pancho Villa, Lizzie Borden, Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone, Jesse and Frank James, as well as several others. One of my favorites was Billy the Kid. Each section has a photo. Billy the Kid's has the only known photo of him. I had never seen a photo of him before, and I must say...he looks like he was born with Down's some sort of mental capacity problem, but by all accounts, he was just a strange kid. For anyone who enjoys this genre, it's definitely worth it. The best feature of the book is that at the end of each section, the book covers places you can visit and festivals and events you can attend that are related to the person/people you just read about. Very cool, it's a book I'm actually going to hang on to, and going to refer back to when planning vacations.