The Youngers—Bob, Cole, Jim, and John—tested the boundaries of the violent and turbulent post-Civil War society in which they lived. The author investigates the events from the Border and Civil Wars which forged their characters, their intricate relationships, the innovative train and bank robberies in which they participated, and their decades-long fight for freedom. Brant’s extensive research includes unpublished accounts from family members, the families of their enemies and victims, and hundreds of revealing historical documents. The story of the Youngers as more than the folklore figures they have grown to be demonstrates that often the truth is more fascinating than the fiction.
Marley Brant is the author of ten books, both fiction and nonfiction. Her books have been featured in People Magazine; the New York Times and numerous other newspapers; have been the basis for television programs on A&E and VH1; and have served as the primary research for hours of television programming. Employed for decades in the entertainment industry, Brant was the cocreator and coproducer of the TBS special Outlaws, Rebels and Rogues. Brant’s outlaw books have been recognized with the Milton F. Perry Award for extensive research and contribution to American History.