"Provides an overview to the major conflicts while laying to rest various mistaken notions about the feuds."―Journal of Appalachian Studies"
"If you are pursuing interesting stories of Kentucky's past; if you are seeking an entertaining mythology; if you find the evolution of oral history fascinating or are just curious about feuds in Eastern Kentucky, then read John Ed Pearce's Days of Darkness."―Lexington Herald-Leader"
"Taken as a chronicle of several different feuds, the book succeeds admirably."―Lexington Herald-Leader"
"A study of the feuds of Eastern Kentucky―six in all―and how the violence and brutality they were known for influenced the perception of the Appalachian region of Kentucky."―Chevy Chaser Magazine"
"Recounting shatters old myths―feuds did not result from insignificant squabbles, and many feuders were not ignorant 'hillbillies,' but rather prominent businessmen and college graduates."―Kentucky Monthly"
"Pearce untangles the loose threads of conflicting testimony to present the reader with the real truth on six of the bloodiest and longest-running feuds in the history of Kentucky."―Lone Star Book Review"
"While the Hatfield-McCoy feud received the most notoriety, there were a number of other similar family conflicts going on in the mountains of eastern Kentucky during the period 1875 to 1920. . . . You can learn more about all these feuds and more."
―Modern Mountain Magazine"―
John Ed Pearce worked on the staff of the Louisville Courier-Journal for forty years and was a widely published columnist. He was co-recipient of a Pulitzer Prize in 1967.
John did a wonderful job of researching to author this book. I love history, and especially history in the times and places my ancestors lived.Published 17 days ago by Wilma J. Fields
I purchase this to replace a book I had borrowed from a friend that I had damaged. Didn't realize there would be such a difference in quality. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Marie Rice
This book was very helpfull when working on my family tree. It gave a lot if information on family members I didn't know anything about.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very informative book on some of the more brutal events, and characters that help define the Culture. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Junn13