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The Feuding Hatfields & McCoys Paperback – February 1, 2008
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This book is a pictorial history that features over 100 extremely rare and captivating photographs from both the McCoy and Hatfield families, including several that were originally published in Life Magazine in 1944. For many, the 192-page book is a much-anticipated companion to Dr. Hatfield's first bestseller, the biography of his great-grandfather Anderson Devil Anse Hatfield, entitled, The Tale Of The Devil, which is currently in its third printing. The result is an excellent read and powerful history lesson that we should all have in our home libraries. --Williamson Daily News, Mingo County, WV
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He's a student of American history and especially enjoys researching southern West Virginia's colorful past--as well as history relating to the Wild West. A critically acclaimed author, his book titles include The Secret Life and Brutal Death of Mamie Thurman; The Feuding Hatfields & McCoys (Amazon Top-100 Title); West Virginia Tough Boys; Images of America: Logan County, WV; and a bestselling inspirational title, After All These Years: The Authorized Biography of the Hoppers--America's Favorite Family of Gospel Music .
Davis has penned articles for a number of publications including WildWest Magazine, Rotorcraft Professional Magazine, West Virginia Magazine, Goldenseal Magazine, West Virginia Executive, and various newspapers across the country. He's also written inspirational features for Singing News Magazine, U.S. Gospel News, Bill & Gloria Gaither's Homecoming Magazine, and numerous history-based and inspirational websites, as well.
As an author and historian, Keith was interviewed on-camera for HISTORY channel's 2012 documentary, "The Hatfields and McCoys: America's Greatest Feud," narrated by Kevin Costner and directed by Emmy® nominated director/producer Mark Cowen. Keith also provided historical resource materials and vintage photographs for the critically acclaimed film.
Over the years, Keith has appeared on C-Span BookTV; CBN/The 700 Club (pertaining to the Hatfield-McCoy Feud); WV Public Television and Radio; numerous Mountain State television and radio stations, Metronews Talkline with Hoppy Kercheval; Viewpoint with Jean Dean; and other television and radio programs.
He was interviewed for a 2013 article in the Wall Street Journal pertaining to the history of the Hatfield and McCoy Feud.
Keith was the recipient of the 2013 JUG Award (JUG stands for Just Uncommonly Good). It's described as the most prestigious recognition of West Virginia Writers, Inc., awarded for outstanding support of writers, or for writers who have endured and produced exceptionally.
Among his newspaper positions, he was once the publisher of the Coal Valley News (Danville, WV), and general manager of The Logan Banner (Logan, WV), both located in southern West Virginia. Also, he was once a graphic designer for the Daily News-Sun in Sun City, AZ.
Davis is the CEO of Woodland Press, LLC, an independent book publishing firm--a micro-press--that focuses on Appalachian-based book titles. He is also a Community Engagement Specialist for Logan Mingo Area Mental Health, at Stollings, WV.
He's published and/or edited more than 40 groundbreaking books--including a Bram Stoker Award-Winner, Black Quill Award Winner, Tamarack Book of the Year, and three Amazon Top-Sellers--all with Appalachian themes or backdrops.
Keith and his wife, Cheryl live near Chapmanville, WV, and have nine grandchildren.
They are longtime members of Sunbeam Chapel.
Top Customer Reviews
The book describes the beginning of the feud and details many of the same scenarios that were in the TV version. It is told, for the most part by a Hatfield descendant, and therefore, focuses primarily on what went on with the Hatfield clan. Although it does describe several events where the McCoys were involved, pretty much similar to the way they were depicted on TV.
Probably the best part of the book were the actual photos of the Hatfields and McCoys. While the TV series might have been mostly accurate, there was no physical resemblance between Kevin Costner and Anse Hatfield, or any of the other actors and their characters!! They were not a "handsome" bunch!!
Now that I know the real story, I'm glad I purchased this book. It's easy to read and tells more than the TV series, but verified for me that most of what I saw on TV was accurate.
BOOK REVIEW: 'The Feuding Hatfields & McCoys' Offers a Good Introduction to Sensational Element of Appalachian History
By David M. Kinchen
"The Feuding Hatfields & McCoys" (Woodland Press LLC, 192 pages, [...]) by Dr. Coleman C. Hatfield and F. Keith Davis is billed as a "time-line and pictorial history" to the 19th Century feud between the Kentucky McCoys and the West Virginia Hatfields.
It's a useful introduction to the subject, but it's not a scholarly book on the legendary feud. To be fair to the authors, they don't claim to produce such a work with this volume.
Whenever I read about the feud, I end up getting thoroughly confused, so I consulted the Wikipedia entry: [...]. Yes, I know that you can't always depend on Wikipedia to get to the heart of the story, but this particular entry is a useful start. It includes a bibliography of the feud, along with a comprehensive listing of the players on both sides.
The feud began in 1878 and the Hatfields and McCoys finally agreed to stop the fighting in 1891.
From the Wikipedia entry: "In 1979, the two families united for a special week's taping of the popular game show "Family Feud", in which they played for a cash prize and a pig which was kept on stage during the games. [A wandering pig is blamed for the start of the feud, but it really was about ownership of land]."
Central to the book is Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield, the great grandfather of Coleman Hatfield. "Devil Anse" underwent a spiritual conversion and baptism on Sept. 23, 1911, which is described in the book.
This element of the feud was examined in depth earlier this year by CBN News (Christian Broadcasting Network), based on the Hatfield-Davis book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow... the real story, and the real Mccoy!
Go a bit deeper into what you think you know about these families. You will learn a lot. What a history.
It is a documentary about events in the location where I am presently living. It is by a member of the feuding families.Published 20 months ago by Keith V. Weigel
Good book to give a little more background on the story of both families. Most of the information is kinda one sided, but that's only because one family documented much of the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Paul
This arrive very quickly, and in perfect condition, it was for my dad for Christmas.
He is 84 years old and tho his hearing is going and he tells things over and over, he... Read more
Loved it, Wanted to learn more about my McCoy relatives. Follows several other books I have read on this subject. Follows the History Channel Made for TV Mini-Series.Published on December 31, 2013 by Jo Smallwood
Love this wonderful movie! Great shipping time and well worth the money to have on hand for years to come.Published on December 8, 2013 by martha beebe
My husband has tons of books on this subject and I actually bought it for him and he LOVED it!. A must read for all you Hatfield admirersPublished on August 12, 2013 by Hifi
After watching the History channel story on these 2 family's,
I'm glad I bought this book. Excellent follow up material. Hard too imagine how evil some people can be.
I received the book in excellent condition and very easy to read. I've always wondered about what started the feud and now I know. Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by ked