Their daring adventures have captured America's imagination for over a century. To some they were blood-thirsty outlaws leaving a trail of destruction; to others they were folk heroes. As years go by, the bottomless, black bog of time makes it increasingly difficult to separate fact from legend.
While all the pieces of the puzzle may never be found, author Jerry Tidwell has scoured archives, internet sources and family stories to present a compelling picture of two of America's most wanted men. Using his folksy humor and down-to-earth narrative, Mr. Tidwell has taken the time to extensively research the brothers' ties to the Shoals area of North Alabama and surrounding countryside. Included in this research is a wealth of genealogical information that will prove invaluable to history lovers.
Anecdotes, genealogies and entertaining family stories captivate the reader and chronicle the James clan's history. In fact, many people who have claimed a connection to these infamous outlaws will find this book to be a treasure in attempting to connect their roots to that of the prolific James family.
Of course, in addition to the wealth of historical information, there's plenty of good storytelling for those who are purely drawn to the excitement and mystery associated with two of America's most notable felons.
Separating fact from legend is a difficult task, but as Mr. Tidwell shares in this fascinating read:
Includes the play "The Muscle Shoals Robbery-The Beginning of the End of the James Gang"