The Last Gunfight by Jeff Guinn
The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral-And How It Changed the American West

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A New York Times bestseller, Jeff Guinn’s definitive, myth-busting account of the most famous gunfight in American history reveals who Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and the Clantons and McLaurys really were and what the shootout was all about.

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 would shape how future generations came to view the Old West. Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and the Clantons became the stuff of legends, symbolic of a frontier populated by good guys in white hats and villains in black ones. It’s a colorful story—but the truth is even better.

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 archival research, Jeff Guinn gives us a startlingly different and far more fascinating picture of what actually happened that day in Tombstone and why
 

About Jeff Guinn

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Jeff Guinn is the bestselling author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Last Gunfight and Go Down Together, which was a finalist for an Edgar Award in 2010. Formerly an award-winning investigative journalist and now a frequent guest on national radio and TV programs, he lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
 
Published May 17, 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 418 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Crime. Non-fiction

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In books, movies and TV series, Wyatt Earp has been portrayed as an American frontier hero who, along with his brothers and his friend Doc Holliday, faced down evil cowboys in the 1881 Tombstone, Ariz., gunfight immortalized in John Ford’s classic My Darling Clementine (1946), starring Henry Fonda.

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Publishers Weekly

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Historian Guinn (Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde) uncovers complex figures who straddle the line between outlaw and lawman: Wyatt Earp, he reveals, was an impetuous gambling impresario and possibly an ex-pimp whose unprovoked bullying helped spark the confrontation, w...

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The exploration of how the shootout was marketed, taken out of context by entertainers and made its mark on our culture is fascinating and alone worth the price of the book.

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BC Books

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Doc Holiday is dismissed in the book as a brutish man who believes he is on death’s door due to illness and is constantly looking for a fight.

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The first substantial book about the gunfight, Walter Noble Burns's "Tombstone: An Iliad of the Southwest" (originally published in 1927 and still good reading), makes Earp out to be a chivalrous knight bringing civilization to the frontier.

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Book Reporter

Corral shooting, but as Guinn correctly notes, it was not the Clantons and Earps facing each other, drawing and shooting.

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USA Today

Corral' became a pivotal moment in American annals because misunderstandings, exaggerations, and outright lies about it provided impetus for future generations to form a skewed, one-dimensional view of frontier history," Guinn writes.He calls the real story of Tombstone, which was then in the Ari...

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Dallas News

Corral, the author states that Earp was “eking out a living — playing cards in Tombstone’s tent saloons … just one more semi-anonymous drifter trying to get rich.” Given this history it seems a hollow and unnecessary admission to write that “Wyatt Earp was not a saint … He was unquestionably flaw...

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Through a complicated but enthralling series of misadventures and personality issues, the Clantons and McLaurys find themselves at the wrong end of Earp anger (not to mention consumptive dentist Holliday, the subject of a recent novel, Doc, reviewed in these pages) somewhat near the O.K.

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Denver Post

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PopMatters

Under these conditions,Jeff Guinn’s The Last Gunfight is, I think, about as close as anyone is going to get to not only what really happened the day the Earps – Wyatt, his brothers Virgil and Morgan, and loyal pal Doc Holliday – confronted brothers Ike and Billy Clanton and their neighbors Frank ...

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Seattle PI

The exploration of how the shootout was marketed, taken out of context by entertainers and made its mark on our culture is fascinating and alone worth the price of the book.

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News Review.

One hundred and thirty years ago, Wyatt Earp, his brothers Virgil and Morgan, and the notorious Doc Holliday engaged in a deadly shootout with Ike Clanton and his boys at the O.K.

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On the 26th of October 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona, a confrontation between eight men ended in a shootout.

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