Thursday, October 13, 2011
Book Review - Desperadoes of the Ozarks
This fascinating read collects true stories of desperadoes in the Ozarks region between the 1860s and 1950. The Missouri Kid, Bonnie and Clyde, and many more are featured.
Larry Wood's twenty-one true stories of Ozarks' desperadoes and deeds between 1860 and 1950 are interesting without being sensationalized. He continues in yet another volume to mine the rich vein of bad men-and succeeds because of solid research, attention to detail, and a knack for intuitive tale-telling." Fred Pfitser, editor, Ozarks Mountaineer Notorious characters and sensational incidents were teeming in the Ozarks immediately after the Civil War and for the next one hundred years. The towns of Joplin and Granby, Missouri, probably had more murderous violence than any comparably populated region in the country. In this selection of condensed historical events, gunplay erupts with alarming regularity, thousands of spectators flock to the drama of executions and lynchings, and vengeance and greed take their toll on the region
My Take on the Book
This was an exciting read! In picking this book up I was immediately impressed with the fact that it was a collection of so many stories of some people that you have heard of for many years, but also unknown historical events and unknown people, at least in my eyes. Each of the accounts were well written and researched and you get a great picture of the mayhem that ensued in the close to a century that the book spans. If you are a person who loves history you will find this to be a great, easy read, and you will also find that this is a book you want to share with others!
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