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Wyatt Earp & Doc Holliday: The West's Greatest Gunslingers

Wyatt Earp & Doc Holliday: The West's Greatest Gunslingers [Kindle Edition]

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*Includes pictures of Earp, Holliday, and important people and places in their lives.
*Includes a detailed description of their feud with the Clantons and McLaurys, and the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
*Discusses the various myths and legends about each man.
*Includes bibliographies of both men for further reading.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

"For my handling of the situation at Tombstone, I have no regrets. Were it to be done over again, I would do exactly as I did at that time. If the outlaws and their friends and allies imagined that they could intimidate or exterminate the Earps by a process of assassination, and then hide behind alibis and the technicalities of the law, they simply missed their guess." – Wyatt Earp

"Doc was a dentist, not a lawman or an assassin, whom necessity had made a gambler; a gentleman whom disease had made a frontier vagabond; a philosopher whom life had made a caustic wit; a long lean ash-blond fellow nearly dead with consumption, and at the same time the most skillful gambler and the nerviest, speediest, deadliest man with a six-gun that I ever knew." – Wyatt Earp

They were an unlikely duo. Wyatt Earp (1848-1929), the "toughest and deadliest gunman of his day", symbolized the swagger, the heroism, and even the lawlessness of the West, notorious for being a law enforcer, gambler, saloon keeper, and vigilante. Then there was John Henry “Doc” Holliday (1851-1887), a dentist turned professional gambler who was widely recognized as one of the fastest draws in the West and one of its quirkiest figures. The only thing that might have been faster than the deadly gunman’s draw was his violent temper, which was easily set off when Holliday was drunk, a frequent occurrence. By the early 1880s, Holliday had been arrested nearly 20 times.

Together the two formed an enduring friendship that proved pivotal in some of the West's most legendary events. The seminal moment in both men's lives also happened to be the West’s most famous gunfight, the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, which famously pitted Earp, his brothers Morgan and Virgil, and Holliday against Ike Clanton, Billy Clanton, Billy Claiborne, Tom McLaury and Frank McLaury. Though the gunfight lasted less than a minute, it is still widely remembered as the climactic event of the period, representing lawlessness and justice, vendettas, and a uniquely Western moral code. The aftermath led to assassination attempts against the Earp brothers, one of which was successful, touching off the “Earp Vendetta Ride”. For those two events alone, the legacies of Earp and Holliday have endured to make them the two most recognizable figures of the West, and their unique characteristics have added a mystique, legendary quality to them.

Despite their fame and notoriety, to a great extent some of the details of their lives remain a mystery, as the embellishment of time and legend have made it difficult to separate fact from legend. Did Holliday earn his deadly reputation through actual violence or mostly through myths spread by the man himself? The same can be asked of Wyatt, who became a living legend and even served as an advisor for early Hollywood Westerns.

Wyatt Earp & Doc Holliday attempts to separate fact from fiction in chronicling the lives of the two legends, while also analyzing their legacies and the mythology that has enveloped their stories. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events in his life, you will learn about Wyatt Earp & Doc Holliday like you never have before, in no time at all.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1349 KB
  • Print Length: 81 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008IK6XLY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Legends of the West 12 July 2012
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This isn't a particularly long book, but it has loads of photos in it and gets to the basic facts of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. I think we all know about the famous gunfight at the OK Corral, Tombstone, Arizona. This book does go into that, but more importantly gives us what is known about the backgrounds of the two leading persons.

A short but interesting read, this will give you the lowdown on these two icons of the Wild West, and lets you know what is fact, what is fiction, and those things that fall in between. If you are a fan of the Wild West this may be just what you are looking for, or if you want to know how these two became massive legends this will interest you. Short and succinct this should give you more than enough information on these icons.
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For those interested in the American West this is a good 'historic' read. It is a great shame that a number of sentences and or paragraphs are incomplete, this may be due to being sent wireless. It doesn't effect the enjoyment to much, it's just a bit annoying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Wests Greatest Gunslingers 24 Jan 2013
By Larry A. Hull - Published on
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This book is well done separating truth from fiction and there is a lot of fiction on Wyatt Earp & Doc Holliday.
My grandfather personally knew Wyatt Earp, he was a US Marshall in the Kansas Territory and meet Wyatt
in the late 1870's and grandpa moved to California about the same time the Earp's did.
I have read several books on the Earp's and this book is the closest to the truth of any of the books on the Earp's.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read 23 Oct 2012
By S. Ballinger - Published on
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I've always loved the movie Tombstone so I was very excited to find this book. It has alot of great information and it was enjoyable to read.I would highly recommend it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but a struggle 25 May 2013
By Jan A. Bergeron - Published on
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This book is not well written. There are numerous typos and grammatical errors. Often the same information is recreated in two consecutive sentences with slightly different wording. One gets the impression that the writer(s) was not happy with the first sentence and reworded it, forgetting to remove the original. "Charles River Editors" really is a misnomer. If they were truly editors, they would have edited out all these mistakes. All this makes the whole book a struggle to read. It also makes me question the accuracy of the information.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK 18 Feb 2013
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Not the best I have read of these two characters. not a lot of detail but just general information one can find in any book regarding the Earps.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good overview 9 Jan 2013
By Terry Norman - Published on
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This book gives a good brief overview of the two men without going into great details. I thought the writing at times was not too good in sentence structure and spelling. It seemed like it wasn't proofed before publication.
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