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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat historical piece
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2017
I got this for my Kindle. The genealogy maps are unreadable and they are important to keep straight who is who (especially when it comes to inter-marrying, cousins, multiple marriages, and so many family members have the same first name, etc.). So, the writing is great, the story intriguing, I learned a lot which I did not know before (that really the feud came out of the Civil War and that the Supreme Court was involved to help stop it) but I had to get into Wiki and print out a chart of each family and keep it with me as I read! That worked...then it all clicked nicely.
5.0 out of 5 starsCould not put it down once started
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2020
Purchased for my mom. She actually learnt new things from this book and she has read quite a few of these. She couldn’t put it down once she started it. She said this was an excellent book and highly recommends.
This is a great history of the famous feud between the Hatfield and McCoy families and friends. There are a lot of names and connections to follow but worth the effort to truly understand how grievances were addressed during the nineteenth century in Appalachia. If you plan on traveling to the area to see the historical sites this book will be very good background information for you.
5.0 out of 5 starsDid people such as this really exist? Yes, unfortunately. Fascinating and personal.
Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2015
A fascinating and highly entertaining account of one of America's most notorious legends. From the lingering bitterness of the Civil War to the principles of protecting what's yours, be it the fruits of the land or your family's honor, all related influences are examined in reconstructing the contentious bitter foundation on which this feud was built. Seemingly small matters are blown out of proportion by the spilling of blood. A domino effect is inevitable and far reaching. The author introduces us to these characters so intimately you can sympathize with their motivations if not their actions. If you want the whole story look no further. King supplies the unvarnished facts without romanticizing the legend.