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Doc Holliday (Bison Book) [Paperback]

John Myers Myers
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1 Jun 1973 Bison Book
"John Myers Myers has written Doc's story with a skill that matches the sureness of a bullet from Doc's gun."-Dallas Times Herald. "As for the general reader, he'll eat this up and beg for more."-San Francisco Chronicle.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (1 Jun 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803257813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803257818
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 994,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the figure of the old-time gamblin' man and cold killer, John Myers has found a subject perfectly suited to his talents and his methods. . . . The result is a solid though lively biography. . . . As for the general reader, interested in the old West, he'll eat this up and beg for more."--"San Francisco Chronicle"

About the Author

Poet, novelist, and historian, John Myers Myers is the author of sixteen books, including "The Alamo" and "The Saga of Hugh Glass: Pirate, Pawnee, and Mountain Man," both available as Bison Books.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A '50's look at an enduring outlaw legend. 8 Aug 1997
By A Customer
I've been on a '50's book binge lately; I'm not sure why.

Part of it is that I've been in the mood to read about bad

boys, and no recent decade was so friendly to really bad

boys as the '50's.

In that kind of mood, you might want to bone up on your outlaw

history, and who better to fill your bad boy yearnings than

the gentleman outlaw, John Henry (Doc) Holliday? John Myers

Myers wrote Doc Holliday in 1955, and it remains the most

even-handed, insightful and just plain enjoyable book about

Doc you're likely to read. Part of the fun is gleaning

elusive tidbits of the real Holliday's personality -

reading, for example, a Denver reporter's description of

Doc's poker face: "He gambled with a moo-cow innocence

which led other players into believing he could be pushed

around...." Of course, nothing could have been further from

the truth. Holliday's killings totaled somewhere in the

vicinity of 18 to 35 men, depending on who did the counting,

a tally you might argue takes him a little beyond the bad boy


No matter. The complexity of Holliday's personality still

makes for a great read. Kevin Jarre had to have included

Myers on his reading list as he researched his script for

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good read, if not fully accurate 20 Feb 1998
By A Customer
Myers gives a warm and respectful portrait of Doc. He tries hard to separate man from myth. Although more research has shown some of his assumptions to be wrong, overall it is a good general source of information on Doc, although you will want to update any details. As far as simply a book to read, I enjoyed it thoroughly!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging book by a wonderful stylist 8 Feb 1998
By A Customer
Doc Holliday is one of those characters seen out of the corner of history's eye, about whom all manner of nonsense has been written. This is a lovely little book of engaging discourse by an author whose conversational style is an absolute delight to read. I expect to be sub-specializing in this author just for the pleasure of listening to him write.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average dentist..... 21 Oct 2007
I read this book shortly after finishing "Tombstones Early Years" by the same author, which I thoroughly enjoyed & fortunately, this book carried on in the same vein.
This book relates each stage in Doc's life & gives a very good insight into his character, what others thought of him & the environment in which he lived.
There is much more to Holliday than just the Gunfight At The OK Corral & this book does great justice to exploring a man who knew how to kill, lie, cheat & swindle, without compunction.
I highly recommend this book & would also recommend "Tombstone The Early Years" which supplements this book perfectly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A short, bloody life! 22 Sep 2013
By Brian M
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The "fictionalised" story of "Doc" Holliday is well-known to Western fans. This book is a biography and therefore attempts to put together a true picture of the man. However, as the author, himself, admits there is not a lot to go on. What this book does bring out is that Doc Holliday may have been "demonised" in some instances to protect the reputation of the Earps, especially Wyatt.
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