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Doc Holliday: A Family Portrait Paperback – March 15, 2001
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About the Author
Karen Holliday Tanner is the author of Doc Holliday: A Family Portrait. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wild West History Association.
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This is a FANTASTIC book. Forget your romantic notions about the gunslinger, and be prepared to meet the real man who is much more fascinating and WORTHY OF ADMIRATION than you would have believed previously.
The greatest weakness of this book is also it's greatest strength since the book is authored by a Holliday cousin. She has access to a wealth of information and photos that the publisher claims has never been available before its 1999 printing of this book. However, when it comes to certain scandals, you can easily see how she chooses to represent history in a favorable light. Probably best read in conjunction with other first hand but less biased sources.
Definately worth owning. A very easy read. Would make a great gift to interest a teenager in reading or in history.
Thus it is appropiate this is titled "A Family Portrait".Ms Tanner explains in detail how all these factors and the life he had to live due to TB evolved into the person he had to become----not the life of Dentistry he wanted.Of course Doc was his own worst enemy towards the recovery of his TB.
Anyone who reads this and does not see a throughly researched book (such as reviewer Mr Warren----who must be clueless to excellent writing or beholding to Stuart Lake)has missed out on the closest to the truth as we can get on Doc Holliday.
If reviewers like Mr Warren can do better than a relative of Doc's then write the book and prove it.
From the publication of this book on, any work about or mentioning John Henry Holliday, DDS, which does not list this book as a source must be considered essentially the product of imagination.
Previous serious attempts at biography of Doc Holliday had their good points, but they lacked one thing: No one had any real information on the background of the young Georgia dentist who became Doc Holliday.
The Holliday Family, for over a century, refused to even discuss their notorious relative with anyone outside the family circle. As a result, the background information in those books was based upon rumor, gossip, and a few matters of public record, some of which was relatively accurate but much of which was pure moonshine.
At long last the Holliday's have broken the silence. Tanner writes, "Enough time has past so that there is no one left who feels either shame or guilt over the life ! of John Henry." Therefore, from the Holliday family Bibles, letters, unpublished family manuscripts, genealogical records, and the gathered memories of the family, she has given us the story of a shy, retiring, handicapped child whose life was turned upside down twice -- once by the War Between the States and Reconstruction, and again by the death of his beloved mother and his father's hasty remarriage to a woman only eight years the senior of his son -- who became the legend known across the American West as `Doc Holliday.'
This is the single `must have' book on the subject of Doc Holliday. Any of the other biographies are worth reading, but only if you read them in conjunction with DOC HOLLIDAY, A FAMILY PORTRAIT will you get the full picture of the man who became Doc Holliday.
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I've been interested in John Henry "Doc" Holliday for quite sometime. Have read a few of the more entertainment oriented books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John F Greene III
Interesting insights on one the more colorful characters from the old west.Published 3 months ago by G. Philip Bennett
Enjoyed reading this book, one of the best books written about Doc Holliday. The only part I didn't care for was his family tree but i'm sure there are readers who would be very... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary J. Ames
If you want a new perspective on Doc Holliday this is certain a good book to buy. It provides an excellent oversight to his early years and influences, which most other books gloss... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bronze Realm
Bought this on the recommendation of an author of a different book on Doc Holliday. Good stuff.Published 5 months ago by Tim C
Academically Sound. Thorough documentation with a plethora of letters and articles. Does away with so much created by Hollywood. Read morePublished 6 months ago by jerry frick
I bought this for my father who had told me that Doc Holliday is a distant relative. He loved the book and it helped to confirm family history.Published 8 months ago by Amanda Vance