Jesse James

J. Stiles has won two Pulitzer Prizes for his last couple of books—one about Cornelius Vanderbilt and the other about George Armstrong Custer.

His first book (2002) was a fascinating look at Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War. Stiles argues that the James-Younger Gang was not a group of social bandits, nor was it merely an outfit aimed at hurting the big bankers and railroads of the time.

Instead, Stiles says Jesse was a terrorist, still fighting against the Union and trying to bring back the Confederacy during his post-War career—and make money, too.

Jesse and Frank James
Jesse and Frank James 1872

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