You Can't Win

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You Can’t Win, the beloved memoir of real lowdown Americana by criminal hobo Jack Black, was first published in 1926, then reprinted in 1988 by Adam Parfrey’s Amok Press, featuring an introduction by William S. Burroughs.

After its Amok Press edition went out of print, You Can’t Win found popularity once again with the AK Press edition.

Feral House’s new version will take this classic American narrative a lot further, including two remarkable ...

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Overview

You Can’t Win, the beloved memoir of real lowdown Americana by criminal hobo Jack Black, was first published in 1926, then reprinted in 1988 by Adam Parfrey’s Amok Press, featuring an introduction by William S. Burroughs.

After its Amok Press edition went out of print, You Can’t Win found popularity once again with the AK Press edition.

Feral House’s new version will take this classic American narrative a lot further, including two remarkable nonfiction articles by Jack Black written for Harper's Magazine in the 1920s. Remarkable illustrations by Joe Coleman and new biographical revelations by Donald Kennison will round out the new edition.

A full-length feature film of You Can’t Win starring Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Pitt is expected to be released in spring 2013.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936239610
  • Publisher: Feral House
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Edition description: Enlarged
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 336,204
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    This is the only book that describes the underworld of the turn

    This is the only book that describes the underworld of the turn of the century. There is no glossed over accounts of the fabulous life of the early 1900's. This is one gritty, hard-boiled story that blows away any novel written at that time. Looking for something dark and almost too honest? This is a book for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2000

    Jack Black's American Gore

    An excellent description of a man's transgression in the 20s. This annonymous autobioraphy of a western gangster from his early life as an orphan to a murderer, opium addict and escaped convict, never ceases to entertain and inspire me with its depraved glimpse into the underbelly of the time. The descriptions of opium dens and detailed get-rich-quick schemes will impress any social deviant and invariably make up for the trite, and-the-moral-of-the-story-is at the end. A book to be read and enjoyed more than once by criminals of all ages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2014

    Interesting Look at the Past

    This is the true story of a career criminal and how he finally redeemed himself. This provides a window into the criminal world of the early 20th century.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    You can win with this pick

    An inspiring tale of the ups and downs of early twentieth century vagabondism, told by one of the original vagabonds himself. This book would go on to inspire William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, and yours truly. A great read, exciting, frightening, and comedic in all the right parts.

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