As someone who as a youngster was fascinated by various western cowboys, both in fiction and actual western legends when I saw this volume (which I thought would be a full size book) Legends of the west: The life and legacy Doc Holliday by Charles River Editors (41 pages) on Amazon I decided to purchase it.
This small volume provides an interesting, informative, objective and concise biography of one of the most controversial figures in the old west, that being John Henry (Doc) Holliday. I have seen just about every movie ever made about Wyatt Earp, his brothers and Doc Holiday and the “Gunfight at OK Corral.” I have also read a number of books on those early western times. This booklet is filled with valuable information about the life of Doc Holliday and how close he was to his mother and of course his friendship with Wyatt Earp.
There are also some great old black and white photographs of Doc Holiday, his longtime but stormy affair with Big Nose Kate, western legends such as Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Virgil Earp, James Earp, Morgan Earp, Curley Bill, Ike Clanton, and several others.
Even though many stories surrounding Doc Holliday have never been verified; nevertheless, the mark he made being a friend of Wyatt Earp, his participation in the gun fight at OK Corral along with the Wyatt’s vendetta ride has earned him a place in history as one if the unique characters of the old west.
I found this small volume to be a fantastic read.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Tactical Principles of the most effective Combative Systems).