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 17, 2011 - History - 416 pages
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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.

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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User Review  - deldevries - LibraryThing

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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User Review  - kvrfan - LibraryThing

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

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About the author (2011)

Jeff Guinn is a former award-winning investigative journalist and the bestselling author of numerous books, including Go Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde, The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral and How It Changed the West, and Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson. Guinn lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

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