The Hatfields and the McCoys by Bruce Wexler

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The Hatfields and the McCoys explores, with vibrant illustration, the historic feud between two iconic American families that ran for nearly three decades between 1863 and 1891. On the heels of the popular History Channel miniseries starring Kevin Costner, Bruce Wexler brings this chapter of American history to life for a new generation of readers. Here is an intimate look at the feud, the era, and an iconic cast of characters, including the two family patriarchs that started it all, William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield and Randolph “Ole Ran’l” McCoy. The two led their families into a war marked by bloodshed and loss on both sides of the Tug Fork River that flows along the border of West Virginia and Kentucky.

Part American folklore, part cautionary tale, The Hatfields and the McCoys separates the fact from the fiction and stands as a testimony to how this terrible episode became symbolic for pointless and bitter animosity. Wexler presents the reader with all of the crime, romance, betrayal, and violence that makes this America’s most infamous family feud. Through impressive storytelling and rare images, this book portrays the dramatic life and times of two extraordinary families unique to American history—from the developing hostilities towards the end of the Civil War to the New Year’s Night massacre of 1988 and the ensuing trials, imprisonments, and hangings that signaled the end of the feud.
 

About Bruce Wexler

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Bruce Wexler has had a lifelong fascination with American culture, from Western movies to cars to toys. He lived for many years in Pennsylvania before returning home to his native England. He is the author of The Wild West Catalog , The Wild, Wild West ofLouis Lrsquo;Amour , and John Wayne's Wild West . He lives in London.
 
Published April 24, 2013 by Skyhorse Publishing. 192 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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Gr 8 Up—The Appalachian mountains of West Virginia and Kentucky are areas of great beauty and tremendous poverty. The locus of Old World artists and free thinkers, they were also hotbeds of some of the most violent family strife in the history of the United States. The Hatfields and the McCoys ca...

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Gr 8 Up—The Appalachian mountains of West Virginia and Kentucky are areas of great beauty and tremendous poverty. The locus of Old World artists and free thinkers, they were also hotbeds of some of the most violent family strife in the history of the United States. The Hatfields and the McCoys ca...

Jul 01 2013 | Read Full Review of The Hatfields and the McCoys

Gr 8 Up—The Appalachian mountains of West Virginia and Kentucky are areas of great beauty and tremendous poverty. The locus of Old World artists and free thinkers, they were also hotbeds of some of the most violent family strife in the history of the United States. The Hatfields and the McCoys ca...

Jul 01 2013 | Read Full Review of The Hatfields and the McCoys

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