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"You can't beat this story for drama. . . . An omnibus ofeverything ever known, spoken, or written about DocHolliday."
-Publishers Weekly

"An engagingly written, persuasively argued, solidly documentedwork of scholarship that will surely take its place in theliterature of the Old West."
-Booklist

In Doc Holliday: The Life and Legend, the historian Gary Robertstakes aim at the most complex, perplexing, and paradoxicalgunfighter of the Old West, drawing on more than twenty years ofresearch-including new primary sources-in his quest to separate thelife from the legend. Doc Holliday was a study in contrasts: thelegendary gunslinger who made his living as a dentist; theemaciated consumptive whose very name struck fear in the hearts ofhis enemies; the degenerate gambler and alcoholic whose fierceloyalty to his friends compelled him, more than once, to risk hisown life; and the sidekick whose near-mythic status rivals that ofthe West's greatest heroes. With lively details of Holliday'sspirited exploits, his relationships with such Western icons asWyatt Earp and Bat Masterson, and the gunfight at the O.K. Corral,this book sheds new light on one of the most mysterious figures offrontier history.

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