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By Graham Seal

ISBN-10: 1576072169

ISBN-13: 9781576072165

From Paul Bunyan to Stagolee, from Queen Mab to the the teeth Fairy, each tradition has created people heroes. yet as frequently as now not, those "heroes of the folks" accomplish their targets with equipment which are something yet heroic—like the yank liar hero Davy Crockett, or Galloping Jones, the Australian drinker and financial institution robber. Then there is the Irishman Finn Mac Cumhal, whose heroism, like that of Rip Van Winkle, used to be in keeping with oversleeping.

In this new assortment, readers will get pleasure from a wildly colourful parade of approximately four hundred thieves, tricksters, simpletons, and dragon slayers from world wide. regardless of appearances, those "heroes" practice a vital social functionality: they permit us to question what's correct and what's flawed, to problem what's criminal and what's unlawful, to house who has strength and who doesn't, and to control the contradictions and conflicts inherent in all cultures.

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