Our lost history is revived in this legendary book, which was a bestseller in 1926 and has hovered at the edge of our memory ever since. The favorite book of William Burroughs, it is a journey into the hobo underworld, through freight hopping around the still-Wild West, becoming a highwayman and member of the yegg (criminal) brotherhood, getting hooked on opium, and doing stints in jail or escaping, often with the assistance of crooked cops or judges. The book includes an afterword by Michael Discend, who tells what became of Jack after the book was written (he gave up the outlaw life and moved to San Francisco).
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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.
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.