The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral-And How It Changed the American West

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Simon and Schuster, May 15, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 392 pages
A New York Times bestseller, Jeff Guinn’s definitive, myth-busting account of the most famous gunfight in American history reveals who Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and the Clantons and McLaurys really were and what the shootout was all about—“the most thorough account of the gunfight and its circumstances ever published” (The Wall Street Journal)

On the afternoon of October 26, 1881, in a vacant lot in Tombstone, Arizona, a confrontation between eight armed men erupted in a deadly shootout. The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral would shape how future generations came to view the Old West. Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and the Clantons became the stuff of legends, symbolic of a frontier populated by good guys in white hats and villains in black ones. It’s a colorful story—but the truth is even better.

Drawing on new material from private collections—including diaries, letters, and Wyatt Earp’s own hand-drawn sketch of the shootout’s conclusion—as well as archival research, Jeff Guinn gives us a startlingly different and far more fascinating picture of what actually happened that day in Tombstone and why.
 

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This book is a big surprise. I expected a few interesting stories. But, WOW - it knocked my socks off! This book is a masterful weaving of history with elements of story in a novel style. Captured my ... Read full review

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As I read this book, couldn't help thinking of the famous line from "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance:" "This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." The famous "gunfight at ... Read full review

Contents

Tombstone That Morning 1 1 The West
1
The Earps
2
Tombstone
55
The Earps Arrive
73
The Coming of the Cowboys
89
Doc Johnny and Josephine
103
It Begins
119
Cochise County Sheriff
137
Legends
295
55
332
73
336
89
338
103
340
119
343
137
344
151
346

The Benson Stage Robbery
151
Plans Go Awry
165
Escalation
181
The Night Before
197
The Gunfight
205
The Inquest and the Hearing
237
Blood Will Surely Come
259
The Vendetta Ride
275
23
281
165
348
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197
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205
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About the author (2012)

Jeff Guinn is the bestselling author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction, including Go Down Together. Formerly an award-winning investigative journalist and now a frequent guest on national radio and television programs, Guinn lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

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