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Riding Vengeance with the James Gang

Riding Vengeance with the James Gang

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by Donald Gilmore
     
 

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This historical novel is an account of the James-Younger gang, from its innocent days as citizens at the outbreak of the Civil War to the gang's breakup after its fateful Northfield Raid. The book follows the different members through their experiences with Union brutality, their years as Confederate guerillas, and their outlaw years. By the time Cole Younger ends

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This historical novel is an account of the James-Younger gang, from its innocent days as citizens at the outbreak of the Civil War to the gang's breakup after its fateful Northfield Raid. The book follows the different members through their experiences with Union brutality, their years as Confederate guerillas, and their outlaw years. By the time Cole Younger ends up in prison, the story has moved from freedom to a complete lack of options.

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School Library Journal
Adult/High School—Life on the Missouri-Kansas border between 1861 and 1876 is extremely violent, and hangings, fires, and executions feature highly in this work. In short chapters, readers learn about the exploits of soldiers during the Civil War and the guerrillas who continue fighting after it ends. The James and Younger brothers are the focus of this Deadwood-like novel. They don't start their lives as cutthroat, calculating outlaws, but once the war is over, life as they knew it has changed and in their eyes their guerrilla tactics are their only means of survival. They make their living robbing banks, destroying train tracks, and stealing from innocent passengers. An author's note discusses the extensive research Gilmore undertook to ensure the novel's historical accuracy. Readers interested in gangsters, outlaws, and Western bad guys should be happy.—Joanne Ligamari, Twin Rivers United School District, Sacramento, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455611287
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/23/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Donald Gilmore earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He taught English at the college level then worked as an editor for seventeen years at the U.S. Army's Combat Studies Institute, retiring in 2001. In addition to serving as technical consultant for the Civil War movie Ride With the Devil , Mr. Gilmore has also written articles about the Border War for Journal of the West, History Today, and Wild West.

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Riding Vengeance with the James Gang 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
UncleHammy More than 1 year ago
In the spirit of full disclosure let me start by saying I grew up outside Lawrence, KS. William Clark Quantrill is a curse word to this day in that part of the country. Donald Gilmore's book is a good read starting with the James and Younger boys as young men around the time of the Civil War. He follows their lives as they progress through the 1880 to the end of their public lives. The author does and outstanding job of bringing the events to life and filling in just enough "fiction" to keep the story flowing without making the story sound contrived. However; the book seemed to me like a 350 page justification for actions of some members of the gang that were truly horrific (they were forced to be ruthless outlaws by their surroundings). Murders of key individuals are excused with a "he had it coming" attitude that I found very disturbing. I think that the book was well researched and written I just felt dirty reading it.