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Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd
     

Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd

by Michael Wallis
 

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"This engaging biography exactly and vividly catches the tone of a region, a time, and a man."—Larry McMurtry

From the best-selling author of Billy the Kid and Route 66, a true-life story of a notorious outlaw that magnificently re-creates the vanished, impoverished world of Dust Bowl America. Michael Wallis evokes the hard times of the

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"This engaging biography exactly and vividly catches the tone of a region, a time, and a man."—Larry McMurtry

From the best-selling author of Billy the Kid and Route 66, a true-life story of a notorious outlaw that magnificently re-creates the vanished, impoverished world of Dust Bowl America. Michael Wallis evokes the hard times of the era as he follows the life of Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd from his coming of age, when there were no jobs and no food, to his descent into a life of petty crime, bootlegging, murder, and prison. Before long he was one of the FBI's original "public enemies." After a series of spectacular bank robberies he was slain in an Ohio field in 1934 at the age of thirty. Pretty Boy is social history at its best, portraying, with a sweeping style, the larger story of the hardscrabble farmers whose lives were so intolerably shattered by the Depression.

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Among the revelations in this well-researched biography/social history, is that J. Edgar Hoover framed the legendary Depression-era bandit for most of the murders he was accused of but did not, in fact, commit, and that "Pretty Boy" was never at the infamous Kansas City Massacre of 1933. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Wallis brings the legendary Robin Hood of the Great Depression alive—and he proves to be a fascinating fellow."—Tony Hillerman

"Delivering more than an outstanding biography of Public Enemy No. 1 during the 1930s, Wallis offers exceptional social and regional history as well."—Publishers Weekly

Tony Hillerman
“Wallis brings the legendary Robin Hood of the Great Depression alive—and he proves to be a fascinating fellow.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393342185
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/18/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
505
Sales rank:
388,256
File size:
3 MB

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Tony Hillerman
Wallis brings the legendary Robin Hood of the Great Depression alive—and he proves to be a fascinating fellow.

Meet the Author

Michael Wallis is the best-selling author of Route 66, Billy the Kid, Pretty Boy, and David Crockett. He hosts the PBS series American Roads. He voiced The Sheriff in the animated Pixar feature Cars. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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