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on December 28, 2004
I have amassed a great deal of material over the years specifically dealing with Tombstone during the Earp time there, and this is indeed the most detailed information I have seen on the trial of the Earps and Holliday to date.

I learned a great deal, and was very interested in, among other things, Mr. Lubet's analysis of the defense strategy, not to mention the background information on Wells Spicer (I had no idea he had defended John D. Lee of Mormon Mountain Meadows Massacre notoriety).

Steven Lubet's work has done a great deal to fill out a large gap in the legal proceedings following the OK Corral gunfight that has, until now, been mentioned briefly but largely glossed over. Earp enthusiasts and researchers owe him a debt of gratitude for his work. There have been a number of notable standout books dealing with the OK Corral period of Tombstone's history, and I believe this ranks with the best of them. I can say this as an Arizonan who has visited most of the sites dealt with in the literature and who has kept up on the various authors and literature produced since Walter Noble Burns first wrote his book on Tombstone in 1927, which really started all the interest in this part of the country, and in the OK Corral gunfight. In all of the work to date, while the preliminary trial of the Earps and Holliday is discussed, the trial strategy has heretofore not been discussed at any great length, and I find that this book adds a dimension that writers until now have overlooked. One of the things that is happily lacking is an obvious bias for or against the Earps which seems to color most work done on their lives and the events they were involved in; Mr. Lubet just lays out the facts and the statements made by the principles, analyzes the attorneys' effectiveness or lack thereof in the trial, and presents his unique opinion as a scholar to the reader, allowing the reader to view the trial through the eyes of a modern legal mind.

If your interest is, as mine has been, in fleshing out the events surrounding the players and events in 1880s Tombstone, Arizona, this book will be an invaluable addition to your shelf of material, and I recommend it highly.
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