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Stand - your money or your life !
on 13 February 2008
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.