“Not only does this new book record a factual story of my great-grandfather Jesse James in print, but also helps the reader get to know Jesse’s true personality and appearance. A great contribution toward separating facts from folklore and provides a guide for any future photo identification work.”
—James R. Ross,
Superior Court Judge of the State of California,
great-grandson of Jesse James
A name well known to most Americans, Jesse James was a veteran of the Civil War, a bank robber, and a very romanticized popular hero. Although James has been the subject of countless biographies and historical novels, as well as the theatre and cinema, new light can still be shed on his life.
In The Many Faces of Jesse James, author, the late Phillip W. Steele, with George Warfel, presented a fascinating study of James’ life using his many portraits as a frame of reference. Steele took each documented photograph of James and examined it closely, showing how the dress, demeanor, and physical well-being of James relate to what scholars believe him to have been doing at the time.
Since the possibility of more actual portraits and photographs of James exists, Steele explained the process George Warfel has devised to accurately identify Jesse James, even including a group of “false photos” of James to illustrate his point.
Fans of James-Younger gang lore will appreciate this fresh, yet practical approach to understanding this enigmatic historical figure. Readers for whom Jesse James is only a name will no doubt become more knowledgeable about the complex circumstances that led the outlaw to lead the life he did.