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

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

The true story of the Earp brothers, Doc Holliday, and the famous Battle at the OK Corral, by the New York Times bestselling author of Dodge City and Wild Bill.

On the afternoon of October 26, 1881, nine men clashed in what would be known as the most famous shootout in American frontier history. Thirty bullets were exchanged in thirty seconds, killing three men and wounding three others.

The fight sprang forth from a tense, hot summer. Cattle rustlers had been terrorizing the back country of Mexico and selling the livestock they stole to corrupt ranchers. The Mexican government built forts along the border to try to thwart American outlaws, while Arizona citizens became increasingly agitated. Rustlers, who became known as the cow-boys, began to kill each other as well as innocent citizens. That October, tensions boiled over with Ike and Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury, and Billy Claiborne confronting the Tombstone marshal, Virgil Earp, and the suddenly deputized Wyatt and Morgan Earp and shotgun-toting Doc Holliday.

Bestselling author Tom Clavin peers behind decades of legend surrounding the story of Tombstone to reveal the true story of the drama and violence that made it famous. Tombstone also digs deep into the vendetta ride that followed the tragic gunfight, when Wyatt and Warren Earp and Holliday went vigilante to track down the likes of Johnny Ringo, Curly Bill Brocius, and other cowboys who had cowardly gunned down his brothers. That "vendetta ride" would make the myth of Wyatt Earp complete and punctuate the struggle for power in the American frontier's last boom town.

Title:Tombstone: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell
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  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”Tell ‘em the law’s coming. You tell ‘em I’m coming, and hell’s coming with me.”--From the movie Tombstone, written by Kevin Jarre and spoken by Kurt Russell in the role of Wyatt Earp.Th...

  • Kemper

    I received a free advance copy of this from NetGalley for review.I will try to restrain myself and not include any quotes from the movie Tombstone in this review. It won’t be easy.The interesting th...

  • Valerity (Val)

    It seems I’ve read some of Clavin’s work previously, but I’m not sure when. I do enjoy his writing though, especially here on this subject which is one of my favorites. He does a really good job...

  • Martin

    The only thing I knew from the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral was from an episode on the Star Trek television series. Kirk,Spock,McCoy and Checkov played the the Clantons and McLaurys. Obviously, ...

  • Jim

    I never get tired of reading western non-fiction, even though sooo much has been written about the Earps and the OK Corral. Tom Clavin has done a pretty good job of research and has laid out the story...

  • J.K. Grice

    One of my favorite "modern" western movies is TOMBSTONE, starring Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, and Sam Elliott. I loved the acting and just how the story of the OK Corral and the characters was presented...

  • Tami

    I just had a wonderful escape into the old west, courtesy of author Tom Clavin. His newest non-fiction gives a detailed look into Tombstone, Arizona and all the people who contributed to the stories t...

  • Eli Hornyak

    Very well written and well researched, I was surprised at how accurate the movie Tombstone was....

  • Blaine DeSantis

    Superb new book by Tom Clavin. Here he completes his trilogy of books about some of the biggest names in the West. First there was Dodge City dealing a lot with Bat Masterson, from there it was Wild B...

  • Juli

    I have read several historical books by Tom Clavin and he never disappoints. I am an amateur history buff and my husband is a big fan of westerns. So, Tom Clavin books are rapidly populating our shelf...