Desperadoes and Dynamite: Train Robbery in the United States

Desperadoes and Dynamite: Train Robbery in the United States

by Diane Yancey

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-- Most information about train robberies appears chiefly in connection with some particular outlaw or group of gunmen; limiting a book to that subject alone is certain to attract readers. This overall account from 1866 to the ``last'' robbery in 1937 gives substance to the development and decline of this particular activity--how it was done, who did it, and what attempts were made to control it. Exposition is clear, and illustrations complement nearby text. The one glitch in an otherwise fine apparatus is a centerfold map that is handsomely understandable on both sides of the sidestitching that cuts out a half inch or so of the middle. Although the photo of Rube Burrows in his casket may be a mite plain for some (like, ``Oh, gross!''), other photographs--particularly that of the Wild Bunch--are excellent for their purpose. The book will delight some, inform others, and no doubt, for yet others, be a primer for research papers. --George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield

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Scholastic Library Publishing
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First Books Series
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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