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Famous Gunfighters Of The Western Frontier

Author : W. B. (Bat) Masterson
ISBN : 9780486131313
Genre : History
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Bat Masterson's illustrated biographies of legendary gunslingers Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Luke Short, Bill Tilghman, Ben Thompson, and others paint a vivid portrait of the Old West, a world of sharpshooters, cattle rustlers, and Dodge City justice.

Doc Holliday In Film And Literature

Author : Shirley Ayn Linder
ISBN : 9781476603308
Genre : Performing Arts
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The legend of Doc Holliday is now well past a century old. While his time on earth was brief, troubled and filled with pain, his legend took wings and flew. Beginning with his part in the now famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Denver newspapers first told his story in the late 19th century. They, followed by words of Wyatt Earp, grasped the glimmer of his tale. So enamored was the public that by 1939 he was a literary icon and his character had appeared in eight films. Historians, authors, screenwriters and eventually television refined the legend, which reached its apex perhaps with the 1993 film Tombstone. Doc Holliday's image has neither dimmed nor wavered in the 21st century. Broadway, country music and art join with literature and film to continue his mystique as the personification of a surviving legend of the U.S. West.

Doc Holliday

Author : Gary L. Roberts
ISBN : 9781118130971
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"You can't beat this story for drama. . . . An omnibus of everything ever known, spoken, or written about Doc Holliday." -Publishers Weekly "An engagingly written, persuasively argued, solidly documented work of scholarship that will surely take its place in the literature of the Old West." -Booklist In Doc Holliday: The Life and Legend, the historian Gary Roberts takes aim at the most complex, perplexing, and paradoxical gunfighter of the Old West, drawing on more than twenty years of research-including new primary sources-in his quest to separate the life from the legend. Doc Holliday was a study in contrasts: the legendary gunslinger who made his living as a dentist; the emaciated consumptive whose very name struck fear in the hearts of his enemies; the degenerate gambler and alcoholic whose fierce loyalty to his friends compelled him, more than once, to risk his own life; and the sidekick whose near-mythic status rivals that of the West's greatest heroes. With lively details of Holliday's spirited exploits, his relationships with such Western icons as Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson, and the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, this book sheds new light on one of the most mysterious figures of frontier history.

Wyatt Earp Doc Holliday

Author : Charles River Charles River Editors
ISBN : 1542763142
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*Includes pictures of Earp, Holliday, and important people and places in their lives. *Includes a detailed description of their feud with the Clantons and McLaurys, and the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. *Discusses the various myths and legends about each man. *Includes bibliographies of both men for further reading. "For my handling of the situation at Tombstone, I have no regrets. Were it to be done over again, I would do exactly as I did at that time. If the outlaws and their friends and allies imagined that they could intimidate or exterminate the Earps by a process of assassination, and then hide behind alibis and the technicalities of the law, they simply missed their guess." - Wyatt Earp "Doc was a dentist, not a lawman or an assassin, whom necessity had made a gambler; a gentleman whom disease had made a frontier vagabond; a philosopher whom life had made a caustic wit; a long lean ash-blond fellow nearly dead with consumption, and at the same time the most skillful gambler and the nerviest, speediest, deadliest man with a six-gun that I ever knew." - Wyatt Earp They were an unlikely duo. Wyatt Earp (1848-1929), the "toughest and deadliest gunman of his day," symbolized the swagger, the heroism, and even the lawlessness of the West, notorious for being a law enforcer, gambler, saloon keeper, and vigilante. Then there was John Henry "Doc" Holliday (1851-1887), a dentist turned professional gambler who was widely recognized as one of the fastest draws in the West and one of its quirkiest figures. The only thing that might have been faster than the deadly gunman's draw was his violent temper, which was easily set off when Holliday was drunk, a frequent occurrence. By the early 1880s, Holliday had been arrested nearly 20 times. Together the two formed an enduring friendship that proved pivotal in some of the West's most legendary events. The seminal moment in both men's lives also happened to be the West's most famous gunfight, the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, which famously pitted Earp, his brothers Morgan and Virgil, and Holliday against Ike Clanton, Billy Clanton, Billy Claiborne, Tom McLaury and Frank McLaury. Though the gunfight lasted less than a minute, it is still widely remembered as the climactic event of the period, representing lawlessness and justice, vendettas, and a uniquely Western moral code. The aftermath led to assassination attempts against the Earp brothers, one of which was successful, touching off the "Earp Vendetta Ride." For those two events alone, the legacies of Earp and Holliday have endured to make them the two most recognizable figures of the West, and their unique characteristics have added a mystique, legendary quality to them. Despite their fame and notoriety, to a great extent some of the details of their lives remain a mystery, as the embellishment of time and legend have made it difficult to separate fact from legend. Did Holliday earn his deadly reputation through actual violence or mostly through myths spread by the man himself? The same can be asked of Wyatt, who became a living legend and even served as an advisor for early Hollywood Westerns. Wyatt Earp & Doc Holliday attempts to separate fact from fiction in chronicling the lives of the two legends, while also analyzing their legacies and the mythology that has enveloped their stories. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events in his life, you will learn about Wyatt Earp & Doc Holliday like you never have before, in no time at all.


Author : James Reasoner
ISBN : 0425191931
Genre : History
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A vivid portrait of the lives and deaths of the great gunfighters of the Old West offers gritty, colorful, and accurate renderings of such confrontations as Bat Masterson and the Battle of the Plaza, Doc Holliday's Last Gunfight, the Last Dalton Raid, Wild Bill's Tragic Mistake, and many more. Original.

The 75th Anniversary Edition Of Famous Gun Fighters Of The Western Frontier

Author : Bat Masterson
ISBN : WISC:89065986150
Genre : History
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Encyclopedia Of Western Lawmen Outlaws

Author : Jay Robert Nash
ISBN : 9781590775301
Genre : History
File Size : 71. 38 MB
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With over 1000 entries and 400 illustrations, this volume is the most fact-packed history of the west ever assembled. Bestselling crime historian Jay Robert Nash has left no stone unturned in his search for the gunmen, train robbers, gangs, desperadoes, range warriors, gamblers, and lawmen that roamed the frontier. Contrary to popular myth, the Wild West was not a glamorous land where chivalry and courage were the custom and a man died with his boots on. It was a land of incredible hardships—brutal weather, hunger and disease, and the constant threat of violent death. Everyone carried a six-shooter, neutrality was impossible, and violence unavoidable; lawmen and shooter, neutrality was impossible, and violence unavoidable; lawmen and outlaws lived side by side, and often there was no telling one from the other. Into this land came pioneers lured by promises of great fortunes, ex-Confederate soldiers embittered by the outcome of the war, greedy cattle barons, and merchant princes. It was truly an explosive mixture. Included in this volume are all the great Western legends—Billy the Kid, Jesse and Frank James, Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Judge Roy Bean, "Wild Bill Hickock—and a host of lesser-known figures who, though they may have missed notoriety, were equally lethal. In addition to alphabetical listings, it offers two glossaries listing the lawmen and outlaws for quick reference, a wonderful photo and illustration appendix, and an extensive bibliography of books on the American West.

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