The Last Gunfight

The Last Gunfight

The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral and How It Changed the American West

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On the afternoon of October 26, 1881, in a vacant lot in Tombstone, Arizona, a confrontation between eight armed men erupted in a deadly shootout. The gunfight at the O.K. Corral shaped how future generations came to view the old West. Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and the Clantons became the stuff of legends, symbolic of a West populated by good guys in white hats and villains in black ones, and where law enforcement largely consisted of sheriffs and outlaws facing off at high noon on the main streets of dusty, desolate towns where every man packed at least one six-shooter on his hips. It's colorful stuff but the truth is even better. As The Last Gunfight makes clear, the real story of the O.K. Corral and the West is far different from what we've been led to believe by countless TV Westerns and Hollywood films. Drawing on new material from private collections including diaries, letters, and Wyatt Earp's own hand-drawn sketch of the shootout's conclusion as well as documentary research in Tombstone and Arizona archives and dozens of interviews, award-winning author Jeff Guinn gives us a startlingly different and far more fascinating picture of what the West was like, who the Earps and Doc Holliday and their cowboy adversaries really were, what actually happened on that cold day in Tombstone, and why. The gunfight did not actually occur in the O.K. Corral, and it was in no way a defining battle between frontier forces of good and evil. Combining newfound facts with cinematic storytelling, Guinn depicts an accidental if inevitable clash between competing social, political, and economic forces representing the old West of ruggedly independent ranchers and cowboys and the emerging new West of wealthy mining interests and well-heeled town folk. With its masterful storytelling, fresh research, and memorable characters the Earps, cattle rustlers, frontier prostitutes, renegade Apaches, and Tombstone itself, a beguiling hybrid of elegance and decadence The Last Gunfight is both hugely entertaining and illuminating, and the definitive work on the Wild West's greatest shootout.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439154243
Branch Call Number: 979.153 GUI 2011 22
Characteristics: 392 p. : ill., maps

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RobBanks4 Apr 05, 2016

An enjoyable read that provides a different insight into a well-known, but often misunderstood event in history. Jeff Guinn is a good writer who provides readable stories with lots of detail without getting tedious.

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johnendicott
Feb 10, 2016

very detailed on the history of Tombstone and the Earp-Clanton feud. One of the best books on Wyatt Earp, neither pro or con. A must read.

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wcvanvoorhis
Feb 18, 2012

Being from Arizona, I found this history very personal. But even if I wasn't, I think it's one of the most readable books I've read lately. It turned around various myths I've had about Wyatt Earp and Tombstone and gave me a better understanding about the cowboys of SE Arizona.

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Brian_Shaw
Sep 26, 2011

Well written, historical account of the events leading up to and including the shootout in Tombstone Arizona. Also includes the aftermath of this event. The author paints a picture of the complex characters involved in this period and works to provide a balanced view, instead of the typical "good versus evil" common in tales of the Old West.

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