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The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral-And How It Changed the American West Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 17, 2011
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While historical accounts and modern portrayals of the shooting in Tombstone are more fiction than fact, THE LAST GUNFIGHT by Jeff Guinn places the event in its historical context, offering significant insight into the true nature of the West in the late 1800s as America's continental expansion reached completion. History teaches us that the "wild west" was not as depicted in many movies and books. Cowboys did not roam the streets of communities such as Tombstone drawing down and shooting other cowboys. Actually, Tombstone had a gun ordinance in 1881, and most visitors to the city were required to surrender their weapons upon arrival. It was confusion about carrying and surrendering weapons that contributed to the O.K. Corral shooting, but as Guinn correctly notes, it was not the Clantons and Earps facing each other, drawing and shooting. In fact, it was 30 shots fired in mass confusion in around 30 seconds.
Reading THE LAST GUNFIGHT, one is struck by how little has changed in American history.Read more ›
1.The author many times mentioned that Wyatt Earp and his father were "determined to gain prominence." He wrote it so many times that I started to wonder if this was the author's projection. Take, for example, Wyatt's father Nicholas. Nicholas was elected wagon master of a 150 person wagon train that successfully traveled half way across America to California. I would think that this accomplishment alone would be enough prominence and respect for 99% of American males. But according to the author, it wasn't enough.
2.The author also frequently interjected that the Earp family wives were expected to remain quietly at home. I imagine that like almost of the women in frontier cities, they did shopping, attended civic events, attended church functions, listened to reading and lectures, and interacted with each other. At least the author doesn't present any evidence that they didn't. What would the author expect them to do. Go down an play a few hands of faro or attend a burlesque show?
3.There seem also to be strange omissions. In the tracking down and shooting the Dora Hand's killer, he writes: "..but one of the bullets plowed into Dora Hands right side and killed her. Wyatt and Bat Masterson let a posse in pursuit of Kenedy [the killer]. When the distance between Kenedy and the posse was about 75 yards, they exchanged shots." The author makes it sound like like the capture was immediate, easy, and swift. Actually it was the next day and 35 miles from Dodge. In the first place, 35 miles is a long distance to ride a horse.Read more ›
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A really solid, good read! Much needed clarity on the story of the gunfight know at the gunfight at the O.K. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by McGrawfan12
A well researched book on the gunfight at the OK Corral. . . .it told the truth, not the hollywood story. A must read.Published 6 days ago by echeese
This may seem odd, but think of a large circle that begins to tighten up, grow smaller. Jeff Gunn puts us on the edge of that large circle with the characters (yes, characters) to... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome history book. Offers a thorough background on the American frontier so you understand all the players.Published 1 month ago by R. Nelson
Since the early 1980's when I spent time in Southeastern Arizona and visited Tombstone regularly, I have been fascinated by the "Gunfight at the OK Corral. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Norman E Minekime
Loved this book. Its a period of time I havent read much about, and the author not only goes into the OK Corral fight, but what was going on in the country. Good read!Published 1 month ago by Karen Neeley
I am having a wonderful time reading this book by Jeff Guinn. I feel like I've been transported back to the Old West. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the many topics I revisit every couple of years. I found it fresh and easy to read.Published 4 months ago by Eddie Hobbs