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by Casey Tefertiller

Like any reliable scholar Casey Tefertiller gives the readers the facts about Wyatt Earp as the sources-many of them newly uncovered- reveal them, and lets the . Other author's books: Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend. Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend.

Like any reliable scholar Casey Tefertiller gives the readers the facts about Wyatt Earp as the sources-many of them newly uncovered- reveal them, and lets the readers make up their own minds. It seems unlikely that a future writer will soon feel like tackling another biography of Wyatt E. p unless much more material is unearthed about Wyatt Earp's later life.

Wyatt Earp: The Life Behi. has been added to your Cart. Forget what you saw at the movies-this biography of the legend ofthe Old West shows that the facts are more interesting than thelegend. -The Tombstone Tumbleweed. -Jack Burrows, author of John Ringo: TheGunfighter Who Never Was. "Quite impressive.

I enjoyed the many Democrat and Republican newspaper articles in the 1870s and 80s and was truly impressed with the strong vocabulary used; I believe that today we have dumbed-down in our newspaper wri I grew up in the fifties reading western paperbacks and watching western movies. This is the first factual history that I’ve read about the wild, wild western frontier period.

Author(s): Casey Tefertiller. Title: Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend. Product Category: Books. A biography of Wyatt Earp (1848-1929), the lawman and gunfighter who emerged from 30 seconds of gunfire behind the . Corral to symbolize the American West, this is the real story of one of the Wild West's most celebrated legends.

Casey Tefertiller grew up surrounded by the West in the California coastside town of Santa Cruz. This would begin the process that led to his book, Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend (Wiley, 1997). His grandfather, Orie Dunlap, had been a working cowboy, then later Chief of Police in Santa Cruz near the end of Prohibition. Dunlap had heard the negative stories of Earp from the old Arizona cowhands who had drifted West, and he passed them along to his grandson. It would be named a Notable Book of 1997 by the New York Times. He also co-authored Mental Toughness: Baseball's Winning Edge with Karl and John Kuehl (Ivan R. Dee, 2005).

ALMOST ALL OF THE BOOKS on Wyatt Earp and his brothers, from Stuart Lake's 1931 "biography," Frontier Marshal, until this book by Casey Tefertiller, have been, alas, regrettable examples of all that is the worst in the western myth. For this writer it has been a most enjoyable experience to watch (through several manuscript versions) how Mr. Tefertiller has produced a book that is not romantic nonsense but rather honestly derived from sources and much of it from new sources never used before.

Wyatt Earp by Casey Tefertiller is the best book I have read this year. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading "Life Behind the Legend" I am sometimes suspicious of historical books not penned by historians. But such fears are groundless in this instance

Wyatt Earp by Casey Tefertiller is the best book I have read this year. Can I say more? Wyatt Earp: Truth finally triumphs over fiction. Published by Thriftbooks. But such fears are groundless in this instance. Tefertiller has done an exceptional job of ignoring the inaccurate work done by some in the field and has gone to the original sources for his information.

The author covers Wyatt Earp’s entire life, but Tombstone takes center stage as usual

The author covers Wyatt Earp’s entire life, but Tombstone takes center stage as usual. It is noteworthy that Tefertiller says in a press release from the publisher that he does not accept the work on Wyatt and friends done by Glenn G. Boyer (author of Wyatt Earp’s Tombstone Vendetta, The Suppressed Murder of Wyatt Earp, et., but that’s another controversial story in itself

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"Quite impressive. I doubt if there has been or will be a moredeeply researched and convincing account." --Evan Connell, authorSon of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn"The book to end all Earp books--the most complete, and mostmeticulously researched." --Jack Burrows, author John Ringo: TheGunfighter Who Never Was"The most thoughtful, well-researched, and comprehensive accountthat has been written about the development and career of anOld-West lawman." --The Tombstone Tumbleweed"A great adventure story, and solid history." --KirkusReviews"A major contribution to the history of the American West. Itprovides the first complete and accurate look at Wyatt Earp'scolorful career, and places into context the important role that heand his brothers played in crime and politics in the Arizonaterritory. This important book rises above the realm of Westernbiography and shows the development of the Earp story in historyand myth, and its effect on American culture." --John Boessenecker,author Gold Dust and Gunsmoke"The ultimate Wyatt Earp book." --Professor Richard BrownUniversity of Oregon
A very dense, intelligent book that attempts to cut through the myths and find the history. The author uses primary sources, quotes them extensively and places them according to the people who wrote them. In an odd way, I can see why the story of Tombstone and Wyatt Earp haunts us to this day. A group of strong characters, most of them under 40, supplied with liquor and guns--and almost all of them "gray" characters--add dueling newspapers, Republicans versus Democrats, Yankees versus Confederates, a romantic triangle---all of these make for great drama. I visited Tombstone a few years ago, and was taken with the atmosphere of this isolated, mountainous area and SMALL town. The people of Earp's day lived in a big country but a small town. They encountered each other in the saloons and streets, played cards together only hours before they engaged in deadly shoot outs with each other. They drank and gossiped and spread rumors---true or not. In the end, it became difficult to tell truth from lies. During my visit, I saw the actors who re-play the gunfight...but were much more interesting to watch in the after hours when they stayed in their roles in town. We drank with Doc Holliday (an amazing avatar!), listened to the cowboys drink and party in the saloon, and watched "Wyatt" stand on a corner, drinking his coffee--a forbidding but legendary figure. I"m still on Wyatt's side after reading a great deal about him and his world. He was a rare man, one who lived on his own terms with his own sense of justice. In the end, he did what he felt he had to do. The men who knew him best seemed to be his biggest fans, and many of them, such as Bat Masterson and Henry Hooker, were not likely to be fooled by the"gambling killer" than many have tried to characterize Wyatt Earp as being. He was a gray character, done great injustice by subsequent writers who simply repeated the lies and rumors of others, or made up unnecessary heroic tales that Earp himself never claimed. I would recommend readers try "Inventing Wyatt Earp" as subsequent reading.
I bought this book as a Christmas gift and it arrived in time and in great shape and it is the most detailed book that I have seen on the Earp family. I have bought a few more Earp books but none are anywhere the value of this book. Also please note that I made a review error earlier regarding this book. I wrote a bad review on a book that I received at the same time and I had mistaken the order numbers and inadvertently gave this book a bad review which I have deleted. I gave this book to a Wyatt Earp fan who has made a lifetime reading the Wyatt Earp history and I was told that this is one of the best books around.
This is a very detailed account of the life of Wyatt Earp and for that matter Tombstone. The biography starts off typically detailing Earp and his families up bringing and discusses in detail Wyatt's difficulties with the loss of his first wife, declining fortunes, possible an incident of horse stealing while down on his luck and his life as a jack of all trades starting as a freight hauler and of course as a buffalo hunter making friends with the Masterson brothers. The author cover's Wyatt's early stints as a Police Officer noting that he was never the Sheriff or Marshall but the deputy, indicating that Earp preferred or was more qualified as the action oriented arm of the law. The author has thorough accounts of his time in Dodge, Wichita and his meeting of several famous lawmen such as Charlie Bassett. And of course, the meeting and friendship of Wyatt and Doc Holiday is well told. The meat of the book is Tombstone where Wyatt, Morgan, Virgil, James and eventually Warren along with Doc Holiday migrate to find their fortunes in the boom town. The author often quotes several sections of the two town newspapers to document his facts along with the diary of a well known resident. The Earps are described as pure businessmen initially taking interest in properties and in saloon gaming but as usual, they become involved in law enforcement as Virgil takes a both a U.S. Deputy Marshal position and as a town Deputy Sheriff. The overlapping civil authority is confusing between the Federal Marshal jurisdiction, the town Marshal jurisdiction and the County Sheriff's, the political hack Johnny Behan. What is apparent from this book is that the Earps were unyielding in their enforcement of the law as Morgan, Wyatt and sometimes Warren were deputized to enforce the law and did so stringently in contrast to Johnny Behan. Behan and some of the Tombstone society saw the cowboys virtually as tolerable pirates that rustled and occasionally robbed, with some citizens, particularly Behan gaining financial benefits. The author does a very good job of explaining the escalation of tension as the cowboys, particularly the Clantons, "Curly Bill" Brocius, the McLaurys and Johnny Ringo, become in conflict with the law and of course, the Earps. The odd relationships between the two groups, periodically intertwined between offenses and gambling with each other such as poker, are well described as Ike Clanton becomes the catalyst for the fight. The fight, deaths of the McLaury brothers and Billy Clanton, and the assassination attempt of Virgil and murder of Morgan are described articulately along with the second climax of Tombstone, Wyatt's vendetta ride. Always along, Doc Holiday, who is described as having a strong allegiance to Wyatt and his descriptions are quite fascinating Holiday is a somewhat mysterious and self destructive character. The author completes Wyatt's time in Tombstone, describes his relationship with Josephine Marcus and flight to Colorado, joining Masterson in some of his old haunts such as Dodge City teaming up again with some of the most famous lawmen of the west. The author closes the last 1/4 of the book on Wyatt's travels around the west as a speculator ranging in areas as far away as Alaska. Well covered too is Wyatt's possibly naive agreement to referee a fight that may very likely have been fixed without his knowing resulting in a very embarrassing public moment. The author closes with Earp's final years, growth of legend, attraction by movie stars and authors who desire to capture the legend in print. The only lapse in the book is the failure to write in detail how Wyatt tried to reconcile with Ike Clanton and the Cowboys to end the feud after Virgil was severely wounded. This is important because it reinforces the fact that Wyatt was very rational and deliberate and his rare taking of life was essentially a last resort in an area of the west where the civil authority was weak.
Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend ebook
Casey Tefertiller
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Wiley; 1 edition (February 25, 1999)
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