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CBN News (Christian Broadcasting Network) recently aired a special segment on the famous Hatfield and McCoy feud -- coincidentally on the 97th anniversary of the baptism of the Hatfield family patriarch, Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield. Aspects of the six-minute news piece, taken from the book, The Feuding Hatfields & McCoys, by Dr. Coleman C. Hatfield and F, Keith Davis, highlighted particular spiritual aspects surrounding the infamous feud and post-feud era that took place along the Kentucky and West Virginia borders. Wendy Griffith, co-anchor of CBN Newswatch and directly related to the Hatfields, visited Logan and Mingo Counties in July 2008 to conduct extensive research related to the family quarrel, and to interview Logan County historian Keith Davis for her upcoming special. Davis discussed the family battle and the post-feud years from the Hatfield perspective. He also focused on Devil Anse Hatfield's eventual spiritual conversion and baptism on Sept. 23, 1911. The baptism was conducted by Dyke Garrett, a circuit-riding preacher, near his homeplace, at Sarah Ann, WV. Davis added that after the most violent years, history tells us that a change took place in the Hatfield family leader's life. --CBN News, Virginia Beach (Excerpt)

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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The late Dr. Coleman C. Hatfield, great-grandson of Devil Anse Hatfield, authored the book in collaboration with F. Keith Davis, southern West Virginia historian.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Woodland Press, LLC; First Edition edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979323622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979323621
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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F. Keith Davis is a longtime Mountain State newspaperman and independent book publisher who has held a variety of roles in the field over the last thirty years, including journalist, columnist, general manager, publisher, and Amazon Top-100 author.

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.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By M. Kearns on January 9, 2011
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VERY interesting - Having lived in WV for 6 years and working in the "holler" I enjoyed learning the historical background of the people who live there. You'll love this book. And I can guarantee these are the REAL facts - we are good friends with the son of Coleman Hatfield, writer, and can see Coleman's as the great storyteller he was. Loved it and couldn't put it down till done. Each chapter is a separate story, but in the end it all comes together to tell the story of the people and "the feud". The history of WV, the miners of the New River Gorge etc. are all captivating and no matter the WV jokes, the people of the mountains were and are tough, determined people who struggled to make a life for themselves under conditions I can't even imagine. Those who first came to those mountains made homes out of those mountains and lived with little but loved the mountains and chose and choose to stay there. I highly recommend ALSO purchasing The Tale of the Devil (Anse Hatfield), also by Coleman Hatfield. Just the preface of The Tale of the Devil is extremely informative to read regarding the history of the geography of the mountains where the Hatfields ended up and the people of the mountains. I've actually read the preface twice because it's so informative and intriguing. Reading these two books, you find how challenging life was when the early settlers came to the mountains of WV and you'd wonder how they even survived. But survive they did. My two books are going either to the local library or a school soon, because I'd like to share Coleman's love of history and his people, and the facts of a feud everyone's heard of.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By WVJIM on July 8, 2012
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After seeing the mini-series, Hatfields and McCoys last month, and since I'm from an area of WV. not far from where the feud took place, I decided to order a book to find out if the TV show was accurate.

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.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David Kinchen on December 22, 2008
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Dec. 22, 2008

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DS4U on July 30, 2012
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This book is essentially a retelling of the Hatfield/McCoy feud entirely from Hatfield family reminiscences that have been handed down verbally from one generation to the next. While a good bit of this source material can be seen in Lisa Alther's book, here there is no research or corraborating evidence to give further creedence to the stories. There is a stunning lack of detail, much information is missing (either left out on purpose due to the unflattering nature or merely omitted because it wasn't spoken about in the family aural history), and the book is not chronological. My other major complaint would be that C. C. Hatfield has made the killings committed by his ancestral family seem glossed over made to seem trivial. The authors do give much verifiable information but they don't provide any verification themselves. I do, however, endorse the book as it is easy to read, short, and a good representation of what seemed to be the Hatfield family take on the feud years, but other, better researched books, should also be read in conjunction with this book in order to get a more accurate and balanced understanding of this incredibly contentious period in micro American History (I suggest Lisa Alther's book Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance).
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