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The last gunfight : the real story of the shootout at the O.K. Corral and how it
Guinn, Jeff.
Adult Nonfiction F819.T6 G85 2011

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From Publishers' Weekly:

There are no black and white hats in this gripping revisionist account of the famed 1881 showdown. There are only mixed motives, murky schemes, and misguided hotheads. Historian Guinn (Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde) uncovers complex figures who straddle the line between outlaw and lawman: Wyatt Earp, he reveals, was an impetuous gambling impresario and possibly an ex-pimp whose unprovoked bullying helped spark the confrontation, while Doc Holliday was an unstable cardsharp prone to settling minor differences with gunplay. Guinn sets the story in a Tombstone, Ariz., that's a Wild West version of The Wire, complete with seething political intrigues-what Earp was mainly gunning for was a post as county sheriff and its lucrative tax-collecting franchise-and a cowboy culture synonymous with thuggery and deeply entrenched in a semilicit cattle-rustling economy. As Guinn's exhaustively researched, stylishly written narrative untangles the personal feuds and social pressures, he explodes many of the Manichaean myths surrounding the gunfight. He replaces them with something as grimly compelling as a Greek tragedy: a tale of proud men drawn-almost against their will-toward bloodshed. 16 pages of b&w photos; 2 maps. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Guinn, whose 2010 Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde garnered an Edgar Award, delivers another double-barrel blast of history and true crime. As he masterfully reveals, the infamous October 26, 1881, gunfight near the O.K. Corral was the explosive culmination of two years of frustration, distrust, fear, and anger between the lawmen Earps with Doc Holliday and the "Cowboys," a ragtag gang of criminals who were a powerful force in Tombstone, AZ. Guinn provides a superbly detailed account of the major and minor players, their motivations, and their place in the story's fabric. The central figure is Wyatt Earp, a hard, proud, violent man desiring to make his fortune and be important. His numerous attempts at both continually failed because he was a political neophyte who didn't understand how to manipulate the system. Having Holliday, a known gambler and gunman with a hair-trigger temper, for a best friend is a prime example of Wyatt's naOvete. Verdict Guinn provides a thorough, thrilling account of the crime and its influence on the history of the West. Whether shelving this as true crime or history, absolutely buy this dazzler; as Doc Holliday said, "You're a daisy, if you do."-Mike Rogers, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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