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ISBN13: 9781902593029
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Train hopping, diamond heists, safe cracking, jailbreaks, hobo conventions, opium dens, and murder are littered throughout these pages. Jack Black recounts his stories of organized and honorable thievery in the waning years of the Wild West with such a romantic charm that it's hard not to fall in love with the many characters surrounding his journey. Surprisingly insightful, this book makes a good companion to Iceberg Slim's Pimp.
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The favorite book of William Burroughs. A journey into the hobo underworld, freight hopping around the still Wild West, becoming a highwayman and member of the yegg (criminal) brotherhood, getting hooked on opium, doing stints in jail or escaping, often with the assistance of crooked cops or judges. Our lost history revived.. With an introduction by Burroughs. A BookSense 77 selection.

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A legendary American cult classic, a best seller in 1926 when first published, and reprinted five times, this is the true story of criminal convict and hobo Jack Black.

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aunt dracula, October 1, 2008 (view all comments by aunt dracula)
This book encapsulates a lot of what went into the yet-to-come Beat movement. Sort of explains what it meant at that time to opt-out of the expected lifestyle and join the groups of bums, grifters, and scam-artists. This is entertaining if you simply want to read a good caper, but also if you want to read about pre-Beat underground ideology.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781902593029
Introduction:
Burroughs, William S.
Author:
Burroughs, William S.
Author:
Black, Jack
Publisher:
AK Press
Location:
Edinburgh
Subject:
Specific Groups - Criminals
Subject:
Criminals
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Autobiography
Subject:
Criminals & Outlaws
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2nd ed.
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Series:
Nabat books
Series Volume:
1169
Publication Date:
20010431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
279
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.6 in 13.5 oz

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Product details 279 pages AK Press - English 9781902593029 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Train hopping, diamond heists, safe cracking, jailbreaks, hobo conventions, opium dens, and murder are littered throughout these pages. Jack Black recounts his stories of organized and honorable thievery in the waning years of the Wild West with such a romantic charm that it's hard not to fall in love with the many characters surrounding his journey. Surprisingly insightful, this book makes a good companion to Iceberg Slim's Pimp.

"Synopsis" by , A legendary American cult classic, a best seller in 1926 when first published, and reprinted five times, this is the true story of criminal convict and hobo Jack Black.
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