The Last Gunfight

The Last Gunfight

The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral and How It Changed the American West

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014 | Unabridged
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A revisionist history of the Old West battle challenges popular depictions of such figures as the Earps and Doc Holliday, tracing the influence of a love triangle, renegade Apaches, and the citizens of Tombstone.
Publisher: Old Saybrook : Tantor, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781452621159
Characteristics: audio file
1 online resource (15 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: Hoye, Stephen
OverDrive, Inc

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May 03, 2018

A better title would be The Life Story Of Wyatt Earp. The stories of those involved in the shootout must be incredibly muddled. It seems every book I read presents the Earps (especially Wyatt) and Doc Holliday as totally different people. All seem to have been well researched.
This book illustrates that with the trial. The Earps belonged to one political party & the Tombstone sheriff (who Wyatt hoped to beat in an election) were of the opposite party. The sheriff & his cronies were perfectly willing to lie under oath to rid themselves of their political rival. (I say the sheriff lied because what little unbiased testimony there was favored the Earp version.) The same is true of newspaper articles. And autobiography/biographies were exaggerated. If you can’t really believe the court records or the newspapers or the books, there really isn’t much to really grab ahold of with confidence.
I listened to the book. The narrator was good, but spoke so slowly that the book was longer than it needed to be.

AnnabelleLee27 Sep 28, 2016

Nonfiction Audio CD. Guinn is a journalist, lots of facts and great back ground exploring the larger forces which led to the gun fight but he lacked a subtle or nuanced understanding of the people and personalities involved - people were presented very one dimensionally and as if all were motivated by the same thing (greed and status). I found this presentation of the people to be far too harsh & one dimensional, particularly regarding Doc Holliday & the Earps, but especially regarding Sarah Marcus - he had no special insight or perhaps interest in the roles or options open to women of that time. Still, I liked the detailed background and historical context and how he looked at the significance of the OK Corral through time into the present day.

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