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"Wyatt Earp, Wyatt Earp, brave, courageous and bold..."

  • Dec 10, 2012
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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Frank J. Konopka ()
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I'm a small town general practice attorney in the hard coal region of Pennsylvania. Books are my passion, andI read as many of them asI can. Being the President of the local library board for over … more
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“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, Dallas Morning News

“A gripping revisionist account of the famed 1881 showdown. . . . Exhaustively researched, stylishly written. . . . As grimly compelling as a Greek tragedy.”

--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“The most thorough account of the gunfight and its circumstances ever published.”

--The Wall Street Journal

Jeff Guinn took readers down the back roads of Louisiana in his book Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde. He’s back in The Last Gunfight, displaying the impeccable research that is his trademark. . . . Guinn’s story is what really happened. . . . A terrific read.”

Craig Wilson, USA TODAY

“Guinn . . . delivers another double-barrel blast of history and true crime. . . . Superbly detailed . . . . A thorough, thrilling account of the crime and its influence on the history of the West. . . . Absolutely buy this dazzler.”

--Library Journal Express (Starred Review)

“An absorbing, meticulous account of the famous O.K. Corral gunfight as it really happened. . . . Guinn places his complex and nuanced story firmly within the context of the evolving Western frontier. . . . A great story.”

--Kirkus Reviews

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