American Outlaw

American Outlaw

Book - 2011
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Ever since the very public dissolution of Jesse's marriage to Sandra Bullock first hit the news, fans have been clamouring to hear his side of the story. When he appeared on Nightline for his first interview after the scandal, the show saw huge overnight ratings, averaging more than 6 million total viewers. A staple on celebrity blogs and in the tabloids, Jesse's personal life remains the subject of endless speculation....until now. American paints a portrait of a self-made man who has known his fair share of triumph and regret along his path to fame.

Born and raised in Long Beach, California, Jesse James was a teenage football star turned professional bodyguard who worked for many A-list rock bands, including Soundgarden, Danzig, and Slayer, and travelled the globe with them. After an injury sustained at a show, Jesse decided to set off on his own to pursue his childhood love: motorcycles. In 1992, Jesse began West Coast Choppers in a corner of a friend's garage. He built it from the ground up, transforming the tiny operation into a multi-million dollar business that caters to a host of celebrity clientele and has been the subject of Discovery Channel's hugely successful series MonsterGarageand the documentaries Motorcycle Maniaand Motorcycle Mania 2.

A celebrity in his own right, Jesse has married and divorced both a porn star and Oscar Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock. In American Outlawhe sets the record straight, peeling back his public persona to reveal a flawed but sympathetic man who is willing to share his whole story with fans.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2011
Edition: 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451627855
Branch Call Number: 973.931092 JAM NVD
Characteristics: 361 p., [16] leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Benjamin, Sam


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May 26, 2012

Based on interviews with Jesse James that I have seen on TV and heard on the radio, I got the feeling that he is a narcissist and liar. So although this book was well written and a quick and interesting read, I know there is more to the story.

He plays up friendships with black people such as Tyson Beckford and another guy on his college football team, to not seem racist. He doesn't mention the Nazi collection at all.

He never mentions Michelle "Bombshell" McGee by name or discusses why he had the affair or for how long. He acts as if he never cheated until then, which I doubt. He acts as if he only dated 3 ladies (serious long term relationships) plus the 1 affair and that he is a full time dad and working overtime all the time. He never discusses why he's attracted to those gross, overly tattooed trashy ladies. He never mentions Kat Von D which he now claims is the perfect match, the love of his life.

mattsam Oct 02, 2011

Not Bad...better than most autobiographies that I have read recently...he seems pretty genuine and down to earth

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