If you're one for history or Americana, the Richmond News Leader suggests you keep Jake Spencer's Life & Career of Frank & Jesse James
, (published one week after the outlaw's death) stored away on your shelf... and put Hansen (The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford)
on your bedside table.'' We fully agree. Hansen handles every story deftly and provocatively, holding his readers' attentions and rewarding them.
An Eighth Day View:
Jesse James was a fabled outlaw, a charismatic, spiritual, larger-than-life bad man whose bloody exploits captured the imagination and admiration of a nation hungry for antiheroes. Robert Ford was a young upstart torn between dedicated worship and murderous jealousy, the "dirty little coward" who coveted Jesse's legend. The powerful, strange, and unforgettable story of their interweaving paths--and twin destinies that would collide in a rain of blood and betrayal--is a story of America in all her rough, conflicted glory and the myths that made her.