The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral-And How It Changed the American West
“Scrupulously details how this isolated act of violence attained such heroic status. . . . A deeply researched and colorfully written history of one of those dramatic oddments of Americana that never fails to captivate us.” --Dale L. Walker, … see full wiki
I'm of the generation that grew up watching a multitude of Westerns on television. There was Jim Bowie, Yancy Derringer, Paladin, the Rifleman, Johnny Yuma, Bat Masterson, the Cisco Kid, the Lone Ranger, and of course, Hugh O'Brien as Wyatt Earp.
The Earp series painted him as an honest and upright guardian of the law, using his Buntline Special to keep the bad guys away from Dodge City, and then from Tombstone. This book tells what the author believes is the actual truth behind the legend.
Wyatt Earp came from a family that was always looking for ways to either make money or a name for themselves. Throughout their lives, the Earp brothers were always looking out for the "main chance", but it always appeared to elude them.
The book focuses, of course, on the famous Gunfight at the O. K. Corral, even though it really didn't take place there. The author is very meticulous in reconstructing the fight, what caused it, the results, and what events followed after. It's a rather exciting book for non-fiction, and even though many readers know what happened, there's always something new to learn.
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