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Doc Holliday: The Life and Legend by Gary L. RobertsYou cant beat this story for drama. . . . An omnibus of everything ever known, spoken, or written about Doc Holliday.
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 Wests greatest heroes. With lively details of Hollidays 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.
A close friend and associate of lawman Wyatt Earp , Holliday is best known for his role in the events leading up to and following the Gunfight at the O. He developed a reputation as having killed more than a dozen men in various altercations, but modern researchers have concluded that, contrary to popular myth-making, Holliday killed only one or two men. Holliday's colorful life and character have been depicted in many books and portrayed by well-known actors in numerous movies and television series. He set up practice in Atlanta , Georgia, but he was soon diagnosed with tuberculosis , the same disease that had claimed his mother when he was 15, having acquired it while tending to her needs while she was still in the contagious phase of the illness. Hoping the climate in the American Southwest would ease his symptoms, he moved to that region and became a gambler, a reputable profession in Arizona in that day. While in Texas, he saved Wyatt Earp's life and they became friends. In Tombstone, local members of the outlaw Cochise County Cowboys repeatedly threatened him and spread rumors that he had robbed a stage.
John Henry "Doc" Holliday (August 14, – November 8, ) was an American gambler, gunfighter, and dentist. A close friend and associate of lawman Wyatt Earp, Holliday is best known Holliday's colorful life and character have been depicted in many books and portrayed by well-known actors in numerous movies.
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