For the first time ever, the full story of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral - not only what really happened but why, and how mythology has led us to completely misinterpret the real history of the frontier - by the best-selling author of Go Down Together.
Combining cinematic storytelling with prodigious research, The Last Gunfight upends conventional wisdom about what the West was really like, who the Earps and Doc Holliday really were, and what actually happened in Tombstone on that cold day in October 1881. With brand-new context and masterful presentation, listeners will experience the gunfight in an entirely different - and far more mesmerizing - way.
An addictive hybrid of frontier elegance and decadence, The Last Gunfight has it all - the Old West's most famous characters, a love triangle, cowboy rustlers on the loose, renegade Apaches, and Tombstone itself, far different than the desolate, dusty towns of the movies.
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"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." (Publishers Weekly)
Great deal of information on the shootout. The book gives details that dispels the numerous myths surrounding the showdown. However, I found the narrator distracting.
I was really enjoying this book. I was bummed when it ended. Now I'm going to look for similar books.
I enjoy non-fiction and this was a topic in which I was very interested. Unfortunately, the book was not as good as I had hoped.
I am not sure whether it is the narration or the writing itself, but it is a very dry read. It was difficult to keep track of all the characters. Sometimes, so much detail was included that I found myself drifting off. I'm not sure it is necessary to know every place in which the Earp family members ever lived and every job they ever had. There was also a lot of speculation on the part of the author into Wyatt Earp's motivations for changing careers, changing locations, etc.
Obviously, the author put a lot of research into this writing, but my opinion is that this is a case in which less would have been more...
I liked this book, a lot. I like well researched history, especially when it is related through engaging writing. This is not a good book if you want to hold on to a romanticized idea of the settlement of the western part of the U.S.. Mr. Guinn exposes the the grim reality and seedy brutal history of the westward expansion. There's no chivalry here, except for the depraved derivation of it exhibited by Doc Holiday, no golden-hearted whores, steely eyed cattlemen, or sheriffs standing tall in the noonday sun. There are only greedy, self promoting characters, doing whatever they can to get ahead in a miserable place in a miserable time. There's plenty of lawless violence, but there's no romance in any of that either. Perhaps, one might feel that it is somehow a disservice to dispel the myth of the west, but I like to think we have to know who we were to understand who we are.
The writing is very good, nearly, but not quite five star, and the narration is good also. If I could give it four and a half stars I would. The book was not at all what I expected and I'm very glad for that.
I really enjoyed the detail and throughness of this book. Very good to hear what really happened to all the involved players in this legend as well as how far off so many versions have been over the years. Also interesting to track how a legend can be made from a single event less than a few minutes long.
The narrator has a monotone droning that made a disappointing book even more agony to listen to. Halfway through the book and that actual "gunfight at the OK corral" had not been addressed. PERHAPS half of the extra opinion the author threw in had some basis of fact - perhaps not. Either way, I felt the book was not worth the money paid for it.
Stephen Hoye was so monotone that had I not been on exercise walks while listening, I would have drifted to sleep. Thank goodness I didn't try to listen to him while driving.
No. While I have read many books about Tombstone and the main characters of the book - even having visited Tombstone more than once - I found the approach and opinions of the author to be ruinous of the book.
I want to return this book and receive back my credit.
This is a good listen for anyone interested in western history. Finding the truth about the western legends is enlightening. If you have read anything about the Earp brothers, this is a must.
I truly could not put this down. Whether a casual fan of this legendary story or a historian of frontier America, this book will provide a very new and thorough look at the events before during and after the gun fight.
This is a nice historical look at Wyatt Earp and the O.K. Corral. An enjoyable book.
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