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They Call Me Doc: The Story Behind The Legend Of John Henry Holliday Paperback – December 7, 2010
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—Wyatt Earp, speaking of Doc Holliday
About the Author
D. J. Herda is the author of numerous books on a wide range of topics―including Outlaws of the American West―as well as several hundred thousand articles, syndicated columns, and short stories.
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With beautiful writing the events that formed the life of an American legend come to life, elevated 'Doc' from a flat, Saturday matinee image to a complex young man dealing with the destruction of his southern home, the early death of his beloved mother, and conflicts within his own family that would eventually drive him west.
Most surprising to me, and it was a very pleasant one at that, was the love story that emerges from Doc's reflections of his paramour, Kate. Somehow the author manages to capture the painfully realistic relationship that develops between two lost souls. The recollections are simultaneously brutal and tender, with a wistfulness chained to the ground by the truth of their respective situations.
Doc is a wonderful surprise, and I hope other readers out there find this gem shinning out from the dreary pile of old west commentaries. Great book!
It was presented as "Reassessing the life of one of the most infamous characters of the Old West" and as "new biography sets the record straight on the man best known for his participation in the shootout at the O.K. Corral".
In fact, it is a delusional rambling by an author (and I use THAT word loosely) that thinks they were channeling Doc Holliday. The book is written in FIRST PERSON in 2010 by a man who has been dead for more than 100 years!
At best it is a work of bad western fiction; but the book is pitched as NON FICTION biography. Trust me...really and truly... despite its being written First Person, Doc Holliday did NOT write this book.
In reality, it is not even western fiction, it is delusional nonsense. Lyons Press should be ashamed. What garbage!
I feel, however, that the author may be forgiven to some extent for the liberties he has taken. For it would be difficult to believe that Holiday didn't have some rationale and motivation for his movements and actions. I also feel, however, that at times the author did take considerable artistic license. For example: by more than implying that Doc Holliday had something to do with Johnny Ringo's death (highly unlikely). I also felt that the author may not have been too discriminating in his selection of sources, although none were cited. But even this can be forgiven if one accepts the fact that this is supposed to be Doc Holliday's memoir.
Perhaps if I hadn't already read so many books about Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Dodge City, Tombstone, the gunfight at the "OK Corral," and the Western Frontier in general before coming to this book, I would have been more amenable to this one. As it was, the book read more like a historical novel than a true well-documented biography, particularly since the book has no bibliography. But, then again, a memoir wouldn't have a bibliography, would it?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Relive the old west as seen threw the eyes of one of the great characters. Real life is so much better than fiction.Published 1 month ago by Vurl Warmoth
The book was very good. The author did a great job telling the story. My only complaint is that I didn't realize it would have so many cuss words in it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by mamaluvs4
I have to ask the question if this author was serious or not because this book is of the worst I have ever read. It was not just bad, it was horrendous. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jim Smith
Different in the way it is written. Made for some interesting reading.Published 9 months ago by Autodoc
Extremely entertaining. I learned some things and I thought I was an expert on the subject. Sometimes the writing style was a little confusing in the "flashback"... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robert