Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd

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Overview

Now in paperback comes a compelling portrait of one of America's most notorious but misunderstood criminals--the Depression-era bandit known as Pretty Boy Floyd. "More than an outstanding biography . . . Wallis offers exceptional social and regional history as well".--Publishers Weekly, starred review. Photos.

Now in paperback comes a compelling portrait of one of America's most notorious but misunderstood criminals--the Depression-era bandit known as Pretty Boy Floyd. "More than an outstanding biography . . . Wallis offers exceptional social and regional history as well."--Publishers Weekly, starred review. Signed by Warner Brothers to be a major motion picture. Photos.

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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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312072490
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 464

Meet the Author

Michael Wallis

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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Table of Contents

Prologue The Conkle Farm Near Clarkson, Ohio xiii

Part 1 1904-1914 Charley

1 Child of Aquarius 3

2 The Floyds 8

3 Georgia Roots 12

4 Baptism by Fire 19

5 Adairsville, Georgia 32

6 Sequoyah County 37

7 Outlaw Ghosts 45

8 King Cotton 55

9 Heroes 60

10 America's Robin Hood 67

Part 2 1914-1925 Choc

11 Moonshine 81

12 Akins, Oklahoma 90

13 Over There 100

14 Wanderlust 113

15 Bootleg Harvest 125

16 One Step Over the Line 140

17 Star Light, Star Bright 155

18 Ruby 172

19 The St. Louis Blues 181

Part 3 1925-1934 Pretty Boy

20 The Pen 197

21 Tom's Town 213

22 The Walls Come Tumbling Down 231

23 Whirlwind 247

24 Dog Days 267

25 On the Scout 287

26 The Phantom Terror 309

27 The Midnight Rambler 333

28 Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? 358

29 The Summer of '33 384

30 The Massacre 406

31 Trail's End 425

Epilogue: Sallisaw, Oklahoma 454

Select Bibliography and Source Notes 475

Acknowledgments 485

Index 493

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