You Can't Win

You Can't Win

by Jack Black Author

A legendary book, bestseller in 1926, and hovering at the edge of our memory since; the favorite book of William Burroughs. A journey into the hobo underworld, freight hopping around the still Wild West, becoming a highwayman and member of the yegg (criminal) brotherhood, getting hooked on opium, doing stints in jail, or escaping, often with the assistance of crooked cops or judges. Our lost history revived. Includes a new afterword by Bruno Ruhland, who tells what became of Jack after the book was written (he gave up the outlaw life and moved to San Francisco), and an essay by Jack Black called "What's Wrong with the Right People," which was originally published in Harper's. With an introduction by William Burroughs.

Comments & Reviews


This book was great--one of the better hobo/travel books i've read.


This is a really fun book to read packed with adventure! Most of the time I felt like I was reading a novel instead of an autobiography. This is a great histroy lesson of society in the early 1900s, as well as the harshness of the justice system.