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Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues by Paul Martin

Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues

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Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues by Paul Martin
Mar 04, 2014 | 304 Pages
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“Martin’s rich and varied portraits display misbehavior, from simple idiocy and apathy to conniving con men, gold diggers, and gamblers…. They make a pretty reprehensible bunch, but Martin puts their crimes in context while keeping the book entertaining and informative.” –Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW

“This collection of exceptionally well-crafted historical portraits deals, in descending order, with monsters, the merely evil, and the unscrupulous…. Apart from his literate writing, Martin also has the knack for passing harsh judgments when they are deserved and also withholding them when they are not. A model of how to write short popular history.” —Booklist

Praise for Secret Heroes:

“Will surprise and, perhaps, inspire readers.” —Booklist  

“Self-sacrifice and determination abound in the tales….Meticulously researched, Martin holds his subjects in deserved high-esteem.” —Publishers Weekly

“Reverent character sketches of some unusually self-reliant Americans….Inspirational yarns of exceptional folks who made a difference…surprisingly entertaining.” —Kirkus Reviews 

Table Of Contents



Merchant of Misery–James DeWolf
The Cutthroat Captain of Cave-In-Rock–Samuel Mason 
Architect of a Tragedy–John Chivington
The Late, Unlamented Little Pete–Fong Ching
The Killer They Called Hell’s Belle–Belle Sorensen Gunness 
Partners in Perfidy–Isaac Harris and Max Blanck
Chicago’s Florist-Mobster–Dean O’Banion
A Huckster’s Rise and Fall–John Brinkley
Hitchcock’s Hideous Inspiration–Ed Gein


Salem’s Rabid Witch-Hunter–William Stoughton
Uncle Daniel the “Speckerlator”–Daniel Drew
Unleashing the James-Younger Gang–James Lane
Lincoln’s Missing Bodyguard–John Parker
Squirrel Tooth Alice–Libby Thompson
The Lawman Who Went Bad–Burt Alvord
The Very Mellow Yellow Kid–Joseph Weil
You Bet Your Life–Alvin Thomas
Keeper of the Immaculate Sperm–Charles Davenport
The Silken Voice of Treachery–Mildred Gillars


Who’s that Rapping On My Floor?–Maggie and Kate Fox
The Witch of Wall Street–Hetty Green
King of the Cannibal Islands–David O’Keefe
Master Salesman of a Dubious Legend–Herbert Bridgman
The Consummate Gold Digger–Peggy Hopkins Joyce
The Mad, Sad Poet of Greenwich Village–Maxwell Bodenheim
The Bifurcated Congressman–Samuel Dickstein
The Frugal Counterfeiter–Emerich Juettner
Imperfect Pitch–Don Lapre

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