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Explores the myths surrounding the legendary comrade and consort to train robbers, bootleggers, stagecoach robbers, bushwhackers, bank robbers, horse thieves, cattle thieves, and outlaws of all stripes.
Burton Rascoe (1892-1957) worked as an editor and critic for numerous magazines, including the Chicago Tribune, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and Newsweek, and was the author of nine books. Glenda Riley is Alexander M. Bracken Professor Emerita of History at Ball State University. She is the author of Women and Nature: Saving the "Wild" West (Nebraska 1999) and Taking Land, Breaking Land: Women Colonizing the American West and Kenya, 1840-1940.
"Belle's life is an instructive example of how Civil War loyalties and frontier injustices combined to inspire a misleading cinematic legend. . . . Belle Starr is worth rediscovering."-George M. Eberhart, College & Research Libraries News -- George M. Eberhart * College & Research Libraries News * "Rascoe is smart enough to present the legend with the facts as he knows them, and in the end, only his presentation could full explain the bandit queen. It's quite fun how he compares the truth with the outrageous cock-and-bull stories commonly found in yellow journalism."-Meghan Saar, True West -- Meghan Saar * True West *