In summary, this is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I did not want to put the book down. It reads a lot like the family sagas written by Howard Fast and John Jakes. However, this is all fact, not fiction.

 

If you have any interest in the James gang and their history this book is a “must read”. 

 

And do not skip the notes; there is a wealth of material to be found in the notes and the bibliography is a gold mine.

 

Four more volumes of James family history are to follow this book. I eagerly anticipate all of them.

 

James-Younger Gang Journal, March 2013