The story of Jesse James who did so much in his short life- he was only 35 when he was betrayed- that he has become a legendary figure. The author who grew up in that part of Missouri where the James boys lived, among the people who had known them, has done extensive research to uncover new facts, weed out the spurious, and contribute an authentic biography. This tells of Jesse's background; the bloody struggle between Kansas and Missouri; the Civil War in which Jesse and Frank fought in a guerrilla band on the Confederate side; the war's aftermath when the James, the Youngers, and others embarked on their successful career of band and train robbery. There is a picture of the man, -good, kind, thoughtful, religious on the one hand- and on the other, brash, cunning, hot tempered and cruel. And finally, the ill-fated robbery of the bank in Northfield, Minnesota, which cost the James boys the loss of all their band- which forced them into hiding- under assumed names. But Jesse could not make a goal of farming, returned to the old life, and was betrayed by Bob Ford, shot for the money on his head... A forever fascinating figure and story- this has an appeal particularly for men and boys.