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Storm In The Night by Margaret Pargeter 0373106602 9780373106608
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Storm In The Night by Margaret Pargeter

Throughout American history, larger-than-life brigands appear in every period and every region. In The Great American Outlaw, Frank Richard Prassel explores the concept of outlawry from Robin Hood, Dick Turpin, and Blackbeard through Jean Lafitte, Pancho Villa, and Billy the Kid to more modern personalities such as Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger, and D. B. Cooper. Often, because we hunger for simple justice, we romanticize them to the point of being unable to separate fact from fiction. Prassel covers the folklore as well as the facts, making it clear how these bandits, pirates, highwaymen, desperadoes, rebels, hoodlums, gangsters, and fugitives -- who stand tall in myth -- wither in the light of truth, but flourish in the movies.<P>An engaging and anecdotal exploration by Prassel of the background, history, legends, social contexts, and representations of the outlaw, from Robin Hood to Thelma and Louise. -- Kirkus Reviews<P>(A) very useful -- and entertaining -- book.... Under (Prassels) probing, the notion of good badmen withers quickly. The Daltons, the Apache Kid, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Belle Starr, and the rest were, in fact, sociopaths -- but reality has little to do with myth. -- Western Historical Quarterly.<P>Prassel weaves fact and legend into a narrative that is as informative as it is engaging, whether he addresses the legal basis of outlawry or the origins of American ballads about outlaws (several of which are included in the appendix). -- Indiana Magazine of History.

Author: Margaret Pargeter

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 189

Publisher: Harlequin

Publication Date: 1983-12-15

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ISBN: 0373106602

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