- Paperback: 287 pages
- Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr (September 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780806129822
- ISBN-13: 978-0806129822
- ASIN: 0806129824
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,612,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tombstone's Epitaph: The History of a Frontier Town as Chronicled in its Newspaper Paperback – September 1, 1997
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As a lifelong journalist this book is a wonderful example of history told through hard news. I also enjoyed the quaint manner which the writers put their stories in using colorful hyperbole and facts-only news.
The author made a lot of clear deductions regarding the actual story of Tombstone during the era of the Clanton's, who called themselves "Texas Cowboys" and rustled Mexican cattle across the border in order to gain money, power and leverage in an already murderous town near the Mexican border, and the Earp's who had the confidence, support and admiration of the decent people living in Tombstone, but that's not to say that the Earp's were angels.Especially Doc Holiday who was being eaten alive by tuberculosis and a drunk, degenerate gambler and downright scoundrel, but he was close friends with Wyatt Earp--even though the other Earp brothers didn't really care for him but a gun is a gun and none were faster than Holiday! It's quite possible that the shotgun Holiday had at the OK Corral was quite probably the gun that caused the shootout. Holiday was always quick on the trigger and it was Virgil Earp's desire to simply disarm the Clanton's. The Epitaph ran a story regarding a huge fight at the Oriental Bar between Holiday and Virgil Earp just after the shooting that nearly came to blows but was broken up the other Earp's.
This book is old and written during the 1950s, It's a no-nonsense factual history of a town that had a higher murder rate than modern-day Detroit. If you're looking for folk tales and romantic versions of the shootout and the ensuing war with the Texas Cowboys, then you'd be better off watching the movie Tombstone--which has so many factual errors in it that it's almost laughable (for instance: Josie, Wyatt's lover, wasn't a rich actress--she was a hooker at the Birdcage Theater which had "cribs" in the box seats so a person could watch the show and then have sex with the many prostitutes employed by the Birdcage, however, Josie was running from the legitimacy of her rich family so she was just a "bad girl.") so if you could care less about history then watch the entertainment versions of the truth but I embrace real history and this book is a piece of gold in that manner!