- Tapa blanda: 392 páginas
- Editor: Simon & Schuster; Edición: Reprint (1 de mayo de 2012)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1439154252
- ISBN-13: 978-1439154250
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
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The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral-And How It Changed the American West (Inglés) Tapa blanda – may 2012
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"Guinn . . . delivers another double-barrel blast of history and true crime. . . . Superbly detailed . . . . A thorough, thrilling account of the crime and its influence on the history of the West. . . . Absolutely buy this dazzler."
--"Library Journal Express "(Starred Review)
"The most thorough account of the gunfight and its circumstances ever published."
--"The Wall Street Journal"
"Scrupulously details how this isolated act of violence attained such heroic status. . . . A deeply researched and colorfully written history of one of those dramatic oddments of Americana that never fails to captivate us."
--Dale L. Walker, "Dallas Morning News"
"Jeff Guinn took readers down the back roads of Louisiana in his book "Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde." He's back in "The Last Gunfight", displaying the impeccable research that is his trademark. . . . Guinn's story is what really happened. . . . A terrific read."
Craig Wilson, "USA TODAY"
"A gripping revisionist account of the famed 1881 showdown. . . . Exhaustively researched, stylishly written. . . . As grimly compelling as a Greek tragedy."
--"Publishers Weekly "(Starred Review)
"Jeff Guinn is a straight shooter when it comes to facts. He investigated the story from every imaginable angle, separating truth from tall tale, and now he delivers a factual account of what happened--and why--that's every bit as riveting as the fantasy."
--David Martindale, "Star-Telegram "(Fort Worth, TX)
Advance Praise for
"The Last Gunfight"
"Jeff Guinn gives us not only the clashing egos and the mythic gunslingers, but also the larger social forces that converged on a roistering mining town in southeastern Arizona that fateful day in 1881. The result is a kind of anti-Western: The cliches are stripped away, the black hats removed, the 'rugged individualists' unmasked, leaving us with real human beings who are swayed and shaped by the forces of history, and trapped in time."
"--Hampton Sides, author of Blood and Thunder"
"""The Last Gunfight"" is a portrayal of criminality, greed, ambition, rivalry, fidelity, and law enforcement gone awry. Add in the aspects of vengeance, lust, and enduring love, and you have a riveting book every bit as good as, if not better than, "Go Down Together", Jeff Guinn's much-lauded book about Bonnie and Clyde."
--Lynn R. Bailey, Tombstone historian and author of "Too Tough to Die"
"Jeff Guinn has come up with a new angle and approach to the events of that bloody day in Tombstone. Without that gunfight, Wyatt Earp would have never become a household name a hundred years later. Guinn delves into the myth and separates it from the facts. A terrific read about the West's most famous lawman."
"An absorbing, meticulous account of the famous O.K. Corral gunfight as it really happened. . . . Guinn places his complex and nuanced story firmly within the context of the evolving Western frontier. . . . A great story."
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A New York Times bestseller, Jeff Guinns 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. Its a colorful storybut the truth is even better.
Drawing on new material from private collectionsincluding diaries, letters, and Wyatt Earps own hand-drawn sketch of the shootouts conclusionas 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.
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With at least three full length movies about the "Gun Fight at the OK Corrall", a book setting out the historical facts is long overdue. In particular, what happened after the gun fight? Did all the survivors jus' ride off into the sunset? Hardly. Jeff Guinn provides the whole story in extremely readable prose that has the ring of truth about it. Very Highly Recommended.
Likewise, the subtitle promises more than the book actually delivers. "The real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral - And How It Changed the American West," is stretching things. The second half of the subtitle - the changing of the American West because of the street fight - is hardly explored in the text itself. And despite some references to how the story was playing out on the national scene via contemporaneous newspapers, the reader never really gets a complete feel that the events in Tombstone in 1881 really caused much of a ripple on the larger national stage.
While discussing the shortcomings of the book, let me just add the following: the psychological dynamic of one of the most interesting and intriguing friendships in all of American History - that of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday - is not explored all that deeply within the pages of Guinn's book. And it suffers some because of it. The O.K. Corral gunfight was largely immediately due to Ike Clanton's drunken motor-mouth. But if Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday had not become brothers-in-spirit, one wonders if events would have taken the turn they eventually did. Wyatt was a master of the art of pistol-whipping his opponants rather than out-and-out killing them - whereas the deadly, death-embracing dentist - a rather physically frail gentleman - used his gun (or sometimes knife) in lieu of his dubious muscle. When in the company of dangerous men, one is liable to become even that much more dangerous himself. I think Doc's walking the walk with the Earps had much more to do with the way things turned out than is explored herein.
When reading the book, and coming across mention of Wells Fargo several times, I was almost ready to google the name as I was curious as to its origins. But Guinn does, indeed, eventully explain where the name came from. So I was saved a trip to the PC. But I did have to google the meaning of "O.K." and found a highly interesting wikipedia page about the origins of the word and its initialized form. I only wish that this had been included in Guinn's book instead - as he took the time to inform us readers as to the meaning of Wells Faro.
I have noticed that many current historical books have illustrations that seem more thrown together last-minute than carefully considered. Such is the case with this book's pictorial section. The selected photos and maps are O.K. at best - every pun intended. But there are better photos available that, had they been used, would have only enriched the book. There is a nice map of Tombstone as it was in 1881 with locations of key events highlighted. A map or diagram or two detailing the path the Earps and Doc took on that fateful October day to their fiery encounter with the "Cowboys" would have been welcomed - as would a schematic detailing the placement of the key figures on the chaotic chessboard during the battle and afterwards. Speaking of chess, Guinn compares the interconnectedness of the events under examination herein to the action of "dominoes" a few times in his book. Each time I read about "dominoes" I cringed. The notion is much too banal and trite and obvious to have been actually included in the text as though it were some key and novel insight regarding the inevitability of events. If I were the author I would delete all mention of dominoes from a second edition. Guinn is better than that.
The title of the book - "The Last Gunfight" - is also never clarified as to why Guinn thinks it so. Actually, given the extreme details allotted to many other tangental stories within the big picture, welcomed would have been a thumbnail history of prior gunfights and showdowns in the Old West. Apart from one-on-one street confrontations, had a group of men ever actually walked to a gunbattle prior to the quartet's historic walk to war in Tombstone? And - if not - then the utter uniqueness of such a thing is not stressed enough within the pages of this book. Given that it may have been the first and last time in history that four men armed-to-the-teeth walked side-by-side to confront the "enemy" it is most probable that - had that NOT happened - Sam Peckinpah may have had a much different career as a film-maker, if one at all! Without the Earps and Holliday, there most likely would not have been a Pike Bishop and Dutch Engstrom and Tector and Lyle Gorch foursome of a wild bunch walking into heaven or hell at the epic end if "The Wild Bunch." Likewise with Peckinpah's dry-run of the last walk in the excellent "Ride the High Country." Anyway - why Guinn's book is titled as it is is never really explained.
Having said all of the above and despite its deficiencies, what THE LAST GUNFIGHT is is a wonderfully written and architecturally strong overview and inner-view of the story that made Tombstone famous. I found the book to be unstoppable - as unstoppable as were the Earps and Doc in their march down Fremont - in my reading of it. Guinn (despite the points made above) has amazingly woven dozens and dozens of biographies and facts into a rich, taut blanket of a book that covers so very, very much in its pages. He has cleared away the gunsmoke of confusion and clearly delinieated for the interested reader the multi-layered, exceedingly complex story behind the story of Tombstone. He has assimilated and carefully chronologized an avalanche of historical data and has presented it in his book in an exceptionally exciting way. I read - not so long ago - a history book that was nothing more than quotations from other sources strung-together in the manner of many a high school term paper. Not Guinn. He has done his research - and he knows how to put it down on paper with an extremely skilled method more historians should adopt and aspire towards. Yes, Guinn had a fantastic story to deal with from the get-go - but his telling of it could have been as confusing as the happening of its events actually were. Likewise, his telling of the tale could have been as dry as the dusty air of Tombstone - but it is not. Despite the caveats above, THE LAST GUNFIGHT is highly informative, educational, exciting and the fact that I could not put it down and that I was sorry when it ended speaks volumes.
The real silver of Tombstone was never fully found in the mines that caused the birth of Tombstone itself - but in the story of Wyatt Earp and his brothers, Doc Holliday, the Clantons and McClaurys and the whole cast of colorful characters that contributed to historic events that - had they NOT happened - one would be hard-pressed to not believe they were pure fiction. From the doom-and-gloom prophetic name of the town itself to the near battle site's O. K. Corral in a time and place where NOTHING was truly O.K., to the almost hard to believe historic reality of Doc Holliday - a "Doctor" (albeit a dentist) walking arm-in-arm with looming Death all his days and with a last name that mocks the very course of his life which was NEVER a "holiday" - I mean, the most imaginative fiction writers cannot improve on stuff like this!
In brief, this is an immensely interesting and engaging book about an immensely interesting and engaging time and place - and Mr. Guinn is to be applauded. So again I say - this book is NOT merely O.K. It is Outstanding!!!