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Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the…

Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild…

by Mark Lee Gardner

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Not usually my style of book for reading but this is a good exception. Excellent narratives of the hunt for members of the James gang. Good background biographies of the main characters, and smooth flow to the reading that maintains a good level of suspense. ( )
  VGAHarris | Jan 19, 2015 |
Very readable book that hooks you right from the start. You're given insight into the characters of each man in the James-Younger gang and what became of those that survived the Northfield Raid. The James-Younger gang made the official law enforcement efforts look like the Keystone cops with misidentifications and some men who preferred to turn in for a good night's sleep or have a drink at a saloon along the way rather than keep an eye out for outlaws. Very enjoyable. ( )
  lisa.schureman | Sep 20, 2014 |
Provides both background to the gang, and how they each ended up. A fast read. Since they had had little resistance in prior robberies, they poorly assumed that they could dress outlandishly and attract attention, and yet cause no suspicion when they initiated the robbery. ( )
  jimmoz | Sep 16, 2014 |
It's a well researched and well written book. It held my attention from start to finish. I would recommend its reading to all lovers of the old west or robbers of that time. ( )
  Philip100 | Feb 25, 2014 |
Gardner's "Shot All To Hell" is a fast paced story, cleanly written without excess stylish touches. It is great storytelling and it is evident that the author has done extensive research of the story. The robbery is related with great and fascinating detail. And the research is also seen in the descriptions of the terrain over which the chase was held; the reader really does come to understand the difficulties of pursuing fugitives over such country. It is highly recommended to anyone with an interest in the subject. ( )
  jztemple | Jan 24, 2014 |
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Nerves hard as blackjack oak, the ability to ride like blazes, and the latest six-gun all played a role in the James and Younger boys' special brand of mayhem.
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It was the most famous bank robbery of all time, involving the Wild West's most celebrated gang of outlaws and their iconic leader, Jesse James. In the spirit of Manhunt and Empire of the Summer Moon, Shot All to Hell tells the hour-by-hour story of the James-Younger gang's last robbery and the two-week chase that followed - the near misses, the fateful mistakes, and the bloody final shootout on the Watonwan River. Mark Lee Gardner takes us inside Northfield's First National Bank and outside in the streets as the outlaw robbers square off with the heroic citizens who risked their lives to defeat America's most daring criminals. Drawing on voluminous primary sources, including newspaper reports from the period, Gardner goes beyond previous accounts to tell the full, in-depth story of the James-Younger gang's thrilling hold-up and Jesse and Frank's incredible escape. Shot All to Hell follows the James brothers as they elude the several posses hell-bent to capture them-one of the largest manhunts in U. S. history. And it solves a mystery that has been hotly debated for more than 135 years - The identity of the killer who gunned down Joseph Lee Heywood, the bank's acting cashier. Gardner also offers elegiac endings for the Younger brothers, Cole, Jim, and Bob, and explores the James brothers' fates after the manhunt. A galloping true tale of frontier justice featuring audacious outlaws and brave heroes, Shot All to Hell is a riveting slice of Wild West history that continues to reverberate today.

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Recounts the thrilling life of Jesse James, Frank James, the Younger brothers, and the most famous bank robbery of all time -- the Northfield raid -- which led to a two-week chase ending with the bloody final shootout on the Watonwan River.

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