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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky; First Edition edition (December 31, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813114594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813114590
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Using court records, public documents, official correspondence and other documentary evidence, Rice presents an account that frees, as much as possible, fact from fiction, event from legend." -- McCormick (SC) Messenger



"A captivating account of two families whose stubbornness and loyalty were exceeded only by their capacity for a terrible revenge. Without a doubt, the Hatfield-McCoy feud will reign supreme as the most fascinating vendetta on the American scene." -- Southern Living



"An engrossing account of the Appalachian feud that has become a part of the folk history of America." -- Ashland Daily Independent

About the Author

Noted historian Otis K. Rice (1919–2003) is the author or coauthor of several published works, including West Virginia: A History, The Mountain State: An Introduction to West Virginia, and Frontier Kentucky.

Reader of over four hundred audiobooks, Dick Hill has won three coveted Audie Awards and been nominated numerous times. He is also the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. AudioFile includes Dick on their prestigious list of Golden Voices.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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He loved watching it on tv and wanted to read the book too.
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The author does a great job describing the culture, history and economic dynamics of the place and the time period.
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It appears to be a scholarly work done in a University setting.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Patrick W. Crabtree TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've become quite the Hatfield-McCoy historian over the years, having helped to produce an hour-long multimedia program to be shown to the general public on this facinating topic. A partner and I also worked with members of both families (descendants of the feudists) to put it all together.

One of our foremost resources was this book, the work of Otis Rice. Of the many available texts covering the Hatfield-McCoy feud, Rice outshone all the others.

The writing is a little stiff but since the topic is so engaging, most readers won't mind the scholastic text. This book has my highest recommendation for those interested in the history of Appalachia.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By James W. Zeirke on September 11, 2005
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I was looking for a book to give me a factual narrative of the Hatfield-McCoy feud. I took a chance ont his book and was nicely rewarded. Heavily footnoted and scrupulously dispassionate, the book gives a clear and concise rundown of the events leading up to, during, and as the feud wound down. In the course of doing so, this book also debunks many of the myths and some of the commonly held beliefs of what took place during this feud. Indeed, the book also gives details on other feuds that occurred during the years that the Hatfield-McCoy feud ravaged the Tug River valley. It is a good, easy to read book. The only failing of the book is that the pictures section is heavily tilted towards the Hatfields. I don't know if this is because the McCoys did have as many pictures or what. But a better balanced photo section would be helpful.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Rod Hatfield on January 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Much has been written of the feud yet in this book I found a "good read" along with a very historical study. Also inside the front and back covers you will find a family tree graphic to help you trace possible relations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tkennedy on July 5, 2012
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After reviewing several different books about the Hatfields and McCoys, I found this book to be factual, organized, and easy to read.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By L. Varney on December 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Rice lists Rose Anna McCoy's Aunt Betty as "Betty Blankenship McCoy" on page 21. Without being able to contact him as to how he determined this, I have to contest it.

My great-great-grandmother was Aunt Betty-- Elizabeth Rutherford McCoy. She was married to Uriah McCoy, not Allen McCoy, as Rice writes. She is buried with Uriah in our family cemetery, just above her house, which is on the Hatfield-McCoy Trail tour as the house where Rose Anna stayed and had her baby.

Other than that, I assume his information is correct, though I will be thoroughly researching what he reports.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rebecca stoneking on April 18, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I listened to "The Hatfields and McCoys" written by Otis Rice and read by Dick Hill while I was at work. This is a very interesting and extremely well researched story. I love the whole family feud saga and the time in history in which it happened. Anything you want to know about the Hatields and McCoys is in this book as well as history of that area and political issues of the times. Very good book. However, I would not recommend listening to it. Not Dick's fault, he is great as a narrator, but there is so much detail in this book that it is hard to follow in your head. There isn't a lot of imagery. I have recently watched the mini-series on TV with Kevin Costner (you must watch that BTW) and that helped with the imagery in my head. I would highly recommend reading this book. I received this audio for free from [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYAN on February 10, 2013
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If you are looking for a well researched, intellectual take on the famous Feud then this is the book for you. I wanted a realistic account of the Hatfields and McCoys and this is about as close as you can get. This book is very easy to read and explains a lot more than just the two families fighting. You get an idea of the time, place, atmosphere and attitudes as well as a bit of history of other feuds of the times and why they started, or as close as possible as to why. Very well written as it is not strictly a history lesson. It relates to the myths and legends but also presents valid explanations and alternatives where actual facts are lost. I definitely got more than I was looking for in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Drexel S. Fuller on July 11, 2013
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Lots of photos, lineages and research went into the book! A keeper for families that have a connection to either family.
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