Tombstone: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell

St. Martin’s. Apr. 2020. 400p. ISBN 9781250214584. $29.99. HIST
Clavin continues his survey of frontier history and myth (after Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West and Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier’s First Gunfighter), offering a chronology of Tombstone, the Arizona town made famous by shoot-out at the O.K. Corral. Clavin shows that there is more to the story of Tombstonethan the Earps and the well-know gunfight. Organized into five parts, the book surveys the region’s history, including perspectives of Native Americans, prospectors, politicians and territorial government leaders, outlaws, and lawmen. He also details the clash of powers that resulted in the infamous “vendetta ride” by Wyatt Earp and his associates. Like his previous titles, the book is filled with biographical details, primary souces, dialog, and textual references to other works and films on the subject.
VERDICT Readers who enjoyed the first two books in this popular history trilogy will look forward to this excellent and fitting conclusion on one famous town of the “Wild West.”
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