Books and Resources
Learn more about the James-Younger Gang! Our list contains books and newspaper articles depicting
the real stories.
Background of a Bandit – by Joan M. Beamis and William E. Pullen
A story of the ancestry of Jesse James.
Civil War in the Ozarks – by Phillip W. Steele and Steve Cottrell
A more detailed description of the battles in the Ozark region and Jesse James’ role.
Faithful Unto Death – by John J. Koblas
The story of the ill-fated Northfield, Minnesota bank robbery.
Frank and Jesse James – The Story Behind the Legend – by Ted Yeatman
A must read for anyone interested in the James-Younger Gang – Very well written and researched.
Good Bye Jesse James
A collection of newspaper articles about the death of Jesse.
Guerrillas & Other Curiosities – by Samuel A. Pence
A well written, interesting look into the lives of some of Quantrill’s men.
I Knew Frank – I Wish I Had Known Jesse – by Samuel A. Pence
A wonderful collection of stories and pictures of the James family and their extended families.
In the Shadow of Jesse James – by Stella F. James
This is the story of her life as the daughter-in-law of Jesse James. Interesting family stories and pictures.
Jesse and Frank James – The Family History – by Phillip W. Steele
More on the family background, shedding some light on the persons related to Jesse and Frank.
Jesse James and the Civil War in Missouri – by Robert L. Dyer
A closer look at the historic events and young Jesse’s involvement.
Jesse James My Father – by Jesse James Jr.
Jesse Jr. writes of his memories of his father and growing up as the son of a bandit.
Jesse James Prince of Outlaws – by Robert J. Wybrow
Extensively researched and well written collection of stories. An invaluable source of information for anyone interested in the James-Younger Gang.
Jesse James – the Man and the Myth – by Marley Brant
Another very well researched book by Marley Brant who offers the reader a lot of insight into Jesse’s personality.
Jesse James Soul Liberty – by Eric James
A well-written biography of the family of Frank & Jesse James.
Jesse James Was his Name – by William A. Settle Jr.
First published in 1966, this book is a well researched and written account of the James-Younger Gang.
Jesse James Was My Neighbor – by Homer Croy
Homer Croy was born in 1883. Growing up in the vicinity of the James farm he had a chance to talk with many people about Jesse.
Last Rebel of the Civil War – by T.J. Stiles
Extensively researched, the author incorporates politics, the Civil War and the James-Younger Gang.
Noted Guerillas, or, the Warfare Of The Border – by John Newman Edwards
Edwards was a major in the Confederate Army and adjutant to General Shelby . Later he would write newspaper articles on Jesse James.
Outlaw Youngers, A Confederate Brotherhood – by Marley Brant
A well-written and extensively researched story of the Younger brothers.
Outlaws, The Illustrated History of the James-Younger Gang – by Marley Brant
A well-written account of the James-Younger Gang featuring many interesting photographs.
The Many Faces of Jesse James – by Phillip W. Steele with George Warfel
Authentic or not? The book explains George Warfel’s method to identify the real Jesse James in photographs and shows some of the widely circulated false pictures.
The Rise and Fall of Jesse James – by by Robertus Love
Written in 1926, cites many stories of the James boys and attemps to separate fact from legend.
Tortured Soul: Jim Younger in his own words – by Marley Brant
Through the eyes of Jim Younger this book offers yet another view on the events.