Blessed Are the Bank Robbers: The True Adventures of an Evangelical Outlaw Audiobook, by Chas Smith Play Audiobook Sample

Blessed Are the Bank Robbers: The True Adventures of an Evangelical Outlaw Audiobook

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Read By: Chas Smith Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9798200924868

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Longest Chapter Length:

31:54 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04:23 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

17:18 minutes

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Publisher Description

A rollicking true story of Bibles and bank robberies in Southern California, from a talented and highly praised gonzo journalist.

Chas Smith grew up deeply enmeshed in the evangelical Christian world that grew out of Southern California in the late 1960s. His family included famous missionaries and megachurch pastors, but his cousin Daniel Courson was Grandma’s favorite. Smith looked up to Cousin Danny. He was handsome, adventurous, and smart, earned a degree from Bible college, and settled into a family and a stable career.

Needless to say, it was a big surprise when Cousin Danny started robbing banks. Known as the “Floppy Hat Bandit,” Courson robbed nineteen of them in a torrid six-week spree before being caught and sentenced to seven years. When he tried to escape, they tacked on another year. And when he finally got out, despite seeming to be back on the straight and narrow, Cousin Danny disappeared. Banks started getting robbed again. It seemed Cousin Danny might be gunning for the record.

Smith’s Blessed Are the Bank Robbers is the wild, and wildly entertaining, story of an all-American anti-hero. It’s a tale of bank robberies, art and jewel heists, high-speed chases, fake identities, encrypted Swiss email accounts, jilted lovers, and the dark side of an evangelical family (and it wasn’t just Danny; an uncle was mixed up with the mujahideen). It’s a book about what it means to live inside the church and outside the law.

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“If Danny Courson weren’t a real person, Elmore Leonard would have needed to invent him. Blessed Are the Bank Robbers is a wild ride, for sure, but it’s also a tale of family and faith, of the American dream turned upside down, and of one of the greatest unknown legends to ever walk the West.”

— Tod Goldberg, author of Gangsterland and The Low Desert 


  • “A rollicking portrait…An intriguing tale of rock bottoms, daredevil escapes, and life on the wrong side of the law. Readers will enjoy the ride.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “A fascinating exploration that will appeal to those who appreciate the intersection of true crime and memoir.”

    — Library Journal

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About Chas Smith

Chas Smith is the author of  several books, including Now Go to Hell, which was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for Nonfiction. He began his career as a foreign correspondent, writing pieces for VicePaper, and Blackbook, among others, from Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, Azerbaijan, and Colombia, which led to a brief career as a war correspondent for Current TV.