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Inventing Wyatt Earp; His Life and Many Legends

Barra, Allen

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ISBN 10: 0786705620 / ISBN 13: 9780786705627
Published by Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc, 1999
Condition: VG Hardcover
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Title: Inventing Wyatt Earp; His Life and Many ...

Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:VG

Dust Jacket Condition: VG

Signed: Author

Edition: 3rd Print

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Tells the entire story of Earp's amazing life, explaining why he became a legend among his contemporaries and how Hollywood reinvented him first as a hero and then as a scoundrel. 30,000 first printing.


Sorting through the innumerable legends about Wyatt Earp and his brothers is a monumental task, but Allen Barra, a sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a lifelong devotee of western lore, has tried mightily to sort the fact from fiction to determine once and for all if the Earps were heroes or villains. Judging by the cascade of films, books, and TV shows that have portrayed the Earps and their pal "Doc" Holliday, some people simply can't get enough of the legends, and those folks will find Inventing Wyatt Earp fascinating.

The central event of the Earp story is the fabled gunfight near Tombstone's O.K. Corral, a violent eruption in a simmering feud between, believe it or not, frontier Democrats and Republicans. Barra delves deeply into the motivations of all the participants and those who would later tell their stories, and he deserves credit for conducting his prodigious research with skepticism. However, the thoroughness of Barra's approach is a double-edged sword: his relentless examination of Earp's life and the various accounts of it can at times lead the narrative into a blinding sandstorm of minor details. Nonetheless, for those with a strong interest in sorting out the truth about the legends of Tombstone, this book is a valuable source. --Robert McNamara

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