Top positive review
20 people found this helpful
Cool and Courageous
on 11 April 2005
Casey Tefertiller's biography of Wyatt Earp is a very interesting book written in a somewhat scholarly manner. Tefertiller makes a serious effort to give a full account of Earp's life with a special emphasis on his exploits in Dodge and Tombstone. The picture of Earp that emerges is that of a complex man who is cool in a crisis and has the ability to profit from his mistakes. Earp is portrayed as being dependable and courageous - a cut above the ordinary lawman of the Old West. He is also an oportunist who never quite manages to strike it rich.
Earp's long career included stints as lawman, boxing referee,gambler, saloon manager, Indian fighter, miner, capitalist and horseman.He died in 1929 at age eighty in Los Angeles.