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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (15 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700614346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700614349
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The first scholarly biography of Bloody Billy Anderson, the most savage and sadistic of all Civil War guerrillas. There is gore galore in this authoritative yet pulse quickening narrative of 'bitter bloodshed, ' for no other rebel guerrilla was more clearly motivated by renege than Bloody Bill."

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Albert Castel is the author of several classic works on the Civil War, including Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864, which won the prestigious Lincoln Prize. Thomas Goodrich is the author of numerous books on the West, including Scalp Dance and War to the Knife.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
In most places, the War for Southern Independence, as brutal as it sometimes was, had rules which were more or less followed, at least early on. In Missouri, the War for Southern Independence had no rules and was fought that way, brutally and savagely. And the most brutal and savage Missourian of all during this time was William "Bloody Bill" Anderson.
This is an outstanding book, although not for the faint-of-heart(as was the war it describes). The only minor fault I found is that too many of the stories about Anderson come from Union sympathizers and sound like it. Of course, this is a limitation with any book written during this time. Not many of these men got a chance to sit down and write their memoirs, so any researcher must take what is available. And the authors present Anderson as they found him; I could detect no particular bias. This is as good a book as I've ever seen about the WFSI in Missouri and I highly recommend it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Aug 1999
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be an easy to read history of not only Anderson but the circumstances that helped create him. The authors have done an excellent job turning up new information and sifting old information to write a helpful new view of Anderson. The book is well footnoted and contains several never before printed photos including a photo of Anderson's wife, Bush Smith and one of the cord he used to keep track of his kills. This book is a must for anyone interested in the Civil War on the Kansas-Missouri border.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Aug 1999
Format: Hardcover
Once I picked up this book, I could not put it down. Castel and Goodrich did a wonderful job in researching the events that took place in Missouri and Kansas throughout the Civil War. As a previous reviewer had stated, this book is definitely "to the point" and "no holds barred" (not for the squeamish) when it comes to discussing the brutalities that took place against humanity. From robbing banks to kidnapping and brutally beating a wealthy Missourian who gave over 150 slaves their freedom (for those who stayed on, he offered them better pay) to the massacres that took place for those that were either Union soldiers or sympathizers, it was evident that Bill Anderson and his followers had only one mode of operation...that was to inflict as much pain as they could on the region. I never realized how much of a social and economic impact the rogue warriors (Bushwhackers) had on this region. Thanks Castel and Goodrich for a well written, non-biased book!
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