• Title: Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues: Incredible True Tales of Mischief and Mayhem
  • Author: Paul Martin
  • ISBN: 9781616149284
  • Page: 183
  • Format: ebook
  • Villains Scoundrels and Rogues Incredible True Tales of Mischief and Mayhem Everyone loves a good villain From the back pages of history vivid entertaining portraits of little known scoundrels whose misdeeds range from the simply inept to the truly horrifying Even if you re
    Everyone loves a good villain From the back pages of history, vivid, entertaining portraits of little known scoundrels whose misdeeds range from the simply inept to the truly horrifying.Even if you re an avid history buff, you ve probably never heard of this disreputable cast of characters A drunken, ne er do well cop who abandoned his post at Ford s Theatre, giving assaEveryone loves a good villain From the back pages of history, vivid, entertaining portraits of little known scoundrels whose misdeeds range from the simply inept to the truly horrifying.Even if you re an avid history buff, you ve probably never heard of this disreputable cast of characters A drunken, ne er do well cop who abandoned his post at Ford s Theatre, giving assassin John Wilkes Booth unchallenged access to President Lincoln a notorious Kansas quack who made millions by implanting billy goat testicles in gullible male patients and America s worst female serial killer ever These are three of the memorable but little known rogues profiled in this eye opening and entertaining book.Dividing his profiles into three categories villains, scoundrels, and rogues author and former National Geographic editor Paul Martin serves up concise, colorful biographies of thirty of America s most outrageous characters Whether readers choose to be horrified by the story of Ed Gein, Alfred Hitchcock s hideous inspiration for Psycho, or marvel at the clever duplicity of the con artist who originated the phony bookie operation portrayed in The Sting, there s something here for everyone.Brimming with audacious, unforgettable characters often overlooked by standard history books, this page turner is a must for anyone with an interest in the varieties of human misbehavior.From the Trade Paperback edition.

    One Reply to “Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues: Incredible True Tales of Mischief and Mayhem”

    1. I'm all for collections of stories/essays about people that have shaped American life and history. If you are too, then this book is also for you.The book is split into three sections: Villains, Scoundrels, and Roguesapt title.The villains are truly the evil people in history we know nothing about, like corporate slave owners or Nazi propagandists.The scoundrels are the effing jerks in society that we hate and either get away with it because they can or die trying. These guys and dolls are the g [...]

    2. Although the title doesn't indicate it, this book is fun. Written in short chapters, it profiles the lives of some of the great con men/women from all periods of American history, most of whom are practically unknown to the general public The author notes that"evil can sometimes be more interesting than good" and the individuals in this book were, for the most part (with a couple of exceptions), rather clever and their crimes not horrific, just illegal.I was only familiar with four of the thirty [...]

    3. Paul Martin introduces us to a number of interesting people who have lived in the US through the years. From what I could see from his biography, Paul Martin is a journalist, which probably explains his inability to get deep into the background of his subjects, and his habit of speculating on the motive and thoughts of his subjects.One annoying habit of his, is when he describes a scene, and tells us what the person who he is writing about is thinking. How would he know?Paul Martin also appears [...]

    4. This one's just fun.Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues is a quick overview of some notorious characters in history. The book is divided into three rough categories: the rogues, your sort of hapless everyday criminal; the scoundrels, who are the asshole jerks everybody knows; and the villains, the truly evil. Martin gives a brief biographic sketch of thirty people in chronological order, ten of each.Now, I like random collections of historical oddities such as this, but if you don't, this book is n [...]

    5. This book contains 28 brief (ave. 8 pgs.) "true tales of mischief and mayhem." Part I: Villains"habitual or heinous wrongdoers" such as Samuel Mason or Belle Gunness. Part II: Scoundrels"guilty of a serious crime or significant misconduct" such as John Parker or Burt Alvord. Part III: Rogues"committed lesser offenses, made personal mistakesor possessed.ructive character flaw" such as Peggy Joyce or Don Lapre. Each entry begins with florid descriptions followed by a biography and tale about the i [...]

    6. Overall, a good concept and interesting. I really think the author did himself a disservice by placing the "villains" at the beginning instead of the end, where it would have more of an impact. Instead, he places the harder core criminals at the start of the book and lets the book kind of go out with a whimper. One other thing the author could have done differently was to avoid so many of the colloquialisms of each wrong-doer's era; it detracted from the potential of the story told and set a ton [...]

    7. This is ridiculous. Would love to read these stories elsewhere written by someone a little less enthusiastic about breaking the fourth wall to push his own opinion.

    8. Refreshing array of stories, united only by the fact that the protagonists were rogues of the worst ilk. Totally transported.Unfortunately, it went straight downhill. When the author writes the subject's name over 20 times on a single page, I consider that to be poor writing. It happened again and again. ugh

    9. Not a real uplifting collection of people, however I learned a lot of things. I like Paul Martins writing style and each stories is an easy read. I will be interested in reading other things he has written.

    10. Like in most books like this there were chapters that I really likes and others that I didn't. However, the tally sat in favor for this book. For the most part I hadn't heard of any of the people written about by Paul Martin. A few however did ring some bells: Col. John Chivington, Dean O'Banion, Ed Gein, and of course Kate and Maggie Fox. It was also kind of fun for me because a good number of these people had caused terror in the Midwest which is were I originally hail from. Which might be a l [...]

    11. A definite hit and miss affair. Also, there's a question about the book's title. My edition is called Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues: Incredible True Tales of Mischief and Mayhem. Some of the people profiled I had not heard of. James DeWolf, Joseph Weil, Mildred Gillars, Hetty Green, and David O'Keefe were all fascinating, and the line between rogue and trailblazer is a fine one, however, the writing is terrible. Paul Martin has about the same grasp as what the word irony means as Alanis Morri [...]

    12. Should have been titled "Evil, Rich White People Every Liberal Should Know". Oh, but he did put one Asian person in it and made sure you felt a bit sorry for the guy too, because, you know, racism. In true elitist fashion, the most annoying thing about the writing in this book was the author constantly telling his audience WHY the person was bad. We obviously are too stupid to know that cheating or killing are bad things. Well, bad things when rich, white men do them. He completely left out Marg [...]

    13. Paul Martin's book introduces readers to 30 Americans of dubious character. Included in this line-up are killers, cannibals, gangsters, confidence men, traitors, spies, crooked cops, witch hunters, quack doctors, gold-diggers and the world's most inept bodyguard, John Parker; just ask President Lincoln! Martin's book is an entertaining and informative look at some people you definitely don't want to spend time withever! Mike O. / Marathon County Public LibraryFind this book in our library catalo [...]

    14. A collection of stories about some of the rogues in American history.This was definitely a collection of lesser-known historical characters. I hadn't heard of a lot of them. The quality of the stories varied. Not all of them would explain how things ended up (the story about the spiritualist sisters, for instance, mentioned that they would be dead in five years but nothing about how or why). Some were also more interesting than others. Overall, an informative read.

    15. Pretty disappointed-- the stories about the historical figures were incredibly short and lacking detail. The author interjected his opinion in places where it wasn't necessary and clogged up the writing. It could have benefited from scaling back on the amount of profiles presented, and instead focusing on a few key people and going more into detail about their crimes, their lives, and what makes them so notable and complex. Not worth the read.

    16. The earlier review by Kristjan Wager succinctly states my main problem with the book. The author often starts a chapter from the subject's point-of-view, such as in the first profile where the slave trader Thomas De Wolfe watches ships in the harbor and contemplates business. Or when we join Ed Gein digging holes in his backyard. Not a *bad* book, but take things like that with a grain of salt. The point that Martin is a journalist rather than a historian is a very good one.

    17. Quick read with some interesting characters from history. My only complaint was the author tended to give too much of his own opinion in some of the chapters. It was as if he was passing his own additional judgement on each subject rather than just letting the reader making their own or leaving the historical facts stand. I wasn't reading the book for an extended op-ed newspaper piece.

    18. Pretty good. I enjoyed it for the most part and it discussed some folks I had not known. Good mix of the bad, really bad, and the ugly. Enough details, but not bogged down and dragging. I would consider this to be light information reading and I enjoyed the way the author categorized and organized his miscreants.

    19. Interesting read about the infamy of people from history. A quick and easy read. The authors does out his own opinions, thoughts, and speculations (this may annoy some readers). I also wished he flipped the order of the book-as stated in previous reviews, begin with the rogues and end with the villains.

    20. It must take real talent to write a book with the captivating title of "Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues: Incredible True Tales of Mischief and Mayhem" and make it boring as snot to read, but Paul Martin achieves this. The most interesting paragraph was a quote from Hedley Lamarr in "Blazing Saddles". Oh wait, that was written by Mel Brooks et al

    21. I admit this was an odd choice for holiday reading, but it was a heck of a lot of fun and I did learn quite a bit. Martin is not shy about putting his opinion of the subjects either. My favorite is when he refers to pirate Samuel Mason as an “unregenerate troglodyte”!

    22. Intriguing, and good writing in terms of both maintaining interest of the reader and good vocabulary – I learned some words along the way. With a crazy cast of characters, this is a fun bathroom reader for the history teacher in your life.

    23. I'm not done and I'll finish it. But this is "watch TV at the same time" or "Readers Digest" type stuff.

    24. This is the kind of book that makes me love history sometimes history can be even crazier and unbelievable than fiction.

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