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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; New Ed edition (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750935286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750935289
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Brandon is an experienced freelance lecturer in social history, topography and related subjects for over ten UK universities, many adult education colleges and other providers of continuing learning. He has authoried and co-authored numerous books for The History Press including Tyburn: London's Fatal Tree, Shadows in the Steam and Haunted London Underground.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Planning Outlaw on 28 April 2011
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A facinating book even if you have just a passing interest in this subject. It is written in an easy, non taxing style and so makes good bed time reading. I also have a copy of 'Outlaws & Highwaymen' by Gillian Spraggs which is a very formidible book, written in a very adroit manner but almost a little too scientific and clinical in its manner with a little too much emphasis on the Robin Hood subject important though he undoubtedly is. 'Stand & Deliver' is much lighter although in parts it relys solely upon acecdote, it nevertheless makes a darn good read. If anyone can recall the TV series in the late seventies with Richard O Sullivan then one can see, whilst reading, that Richard Carpenter dug deep to come up with characters and story lines!. I therefore would reccommend this book to anyone as an entry level source of information. The Gillian Spraggs tome I would recommend if you intend to study for a PHD. Enough said.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neil Lennon on 18 Mar. 2014
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Not particularly well written or presented, this guide to highway robbery seems a little cheap and cheerful. Despite appearances it does not focus on any one period but covers the history of robbery in general from the middle ages onwards. As a result it never really gets to grips with the subject. I'm sure there are better books on highway robbery out there.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DavyA TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2008
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Thoroughly enjoyable history of highway robbery from the time of Robin Hood onwards (a nice intro into the narrative,as the author analysis the stories surrounding possibly the most famous outlaw in the world). This is social history of the highest quality & explores the myths & realities of highway robbery & the people who perpetrated it.
The only reason this does not get 5 stars is that I enjoyed it so much, I found it was too short, I just wanted to read more.
Some very good background research, gives us a flavour of what society was like in each of the eras of highway robbery explored & how these shaped the people who took to the highways & byways to rob the unfortunate traveller.
Some surprising & lesser known facts & history are unearthed,as well as analysis of the most famous & well known of this breed of "romantic" criminal. A highly recommended read on the subject.
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This book should have been called "A brief history of robbery in England's streets and alleys through the ages", for half of the book tells about all the other forms of robbery in public places. In itself the book it well-written and informative. But a subject like this calls for either in-depth study and analysis, or for a popular-history, tongue-in-cheek approach. Clearly Mr. Brandon has chosen for the latter, but he is not really a writer a writer who knows how to make the most of a good story or anecdote. Mr. Brandon in my view is a bit too much of a serious historian to make this book really fun and entertaining. So what we end up with is a book full of stories that come across as a Morecambe and Wise-sketch as told by your headmaster. But for those who just want to know more on the subject in an easily digestible way, this is a good buy..
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This is a fascinating little book that not only tells the stories of various highwaymen, both notorious and obscure, but also examines the social history of crime in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Chapters are devoted to the more famous figures such as Claude Duval, Jack Sheppard and Dick Turpin, but Brandon does his best to explode widely-held misconceptions and popular legends. The topic is perhaps a little vast considering the long time frame in which highwaymen can be said to have operated but the book is written in a lively and enjoyable style, and makes the subject matter highly engaging. Brandon seems more at ease discussing the history of crime, but the book as a whole is an interesting read.
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