Doc Holliday by Gary L. Roberts
The Life and Legend

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review



"You can't beat this story for drama. . . . An omnibus of everything ever known, spoken, or written about Doc Holliday."
-Publishers Weekly

"An engagingly written, persuasively argued, solidly documented work of scholarship that will surely take its place in the literature of the Old West."

In Doc Holliday: The Life and Legend, the historian Gary Roberts takes aim at the most complex, perplexing, and paradoxical gunfighter of the Old West, drawing on more than twenty years of research-including new primary sources-in his quest to separate the life from the legend. Doc Holliday was a study in contrasts: the legendary gunslinger who made his living as a dentist; the emaciated consumptive whose very name struck fear in the hearts of his enemies; the degenerate gambler and alcoholic whose fierce loyalty to his friends compelled him, more than once, to risk his own life; and the sidekick whose near-mythic status rivals that of the West's greatest heroes. With lively details of Holliday's spirited exploits, his relationships with such Western icons as Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson, and the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, this book sheds new light on one of the most mysterious figures of frontier history.

About Gary L. Roberts

See more books from this Author
GARY L. ROBERTS, Emeritus Professor of History, Abraham Baldwin College, is widely recognized as a historian of the American West and frontier violence. He has published more than seventy-five articles on Western history and coedited a book on Georgia politics, and is the author of Death Comes for the Chief Justice: The Slough-Rynerson Quarrel and Political Violence in New Mexico.
Published May 12, 2011 by Wiley. 547 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Doc Holliday

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Roberts, an authority on western history, takes on John Henry Holliday, legendary gunman, drinker, gambler and dentist (hence "Doc"), best known for some adroit shooting at the OK Corral on

Feb 27 2006 | Read Full Review of Doc Holliday: The Life and Le...

Reader Rating for Doc Holliday

An aggregated and normalized score based on 70 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review