The Life and LegendBook - 2006
The definitive biography of legendary Western gunslinger Doc Hollida
He was a dentist from the South believed to have gone west because of tuberculosis, a man who went on to become a gambler, a faro dealer, and one of the most feared (and fearless) gunfighters of his time?a close friend of Wyatt Earp and a key participant in the famous 1881 shootout at the OK Corral. He?s been portrayed on screen by actors ranging from Victor Mature and Kirk Douglas to Dennis Quaid and Val Kilmer. But who was the real Doc Holliday? Drawing on 20 years of meticulous, primary-source research, Western historian Gary Roberts strips away the legends and reveals the truth about this enigmatic man, offering many new and surprising discoveries
Gary L. Roberts (Tifton, GA), an Emeritus Professor of History at Abraham Baldwin College, is the author of over 75 articles on Western history as well as Death Comes for the Chief Justice: The Slough-Rynerson Quarrel and Political Violence in New Mexico (0-870-81212-2)
Baker & Taylor
Examines the life of legendary gunslinger Doc Holliday, a dentist from the South believed to have gone west because of tuberculosis, who went on to become a gambler and one of the most feared gunfighters of his time.
By the time of his death at age 36 in 1887, John Henry "Doc" Holliday was already a Wild West legend: dentist, gunslinger, outcast of a Southern family, "mad, merry scamp with heart of gold and nerves of steel...," per Tombstone friend/sheriff Wyatt Earp. Drawing on newly discovered primary sources, Roberts (emeritus, history, Abraham Baldwin College, Tifton, Georgia) offers insights into the man, the legend, and the frontier period. The biography includes photos of Holliday, his family, friends, and his first cousin Mattie, a rumored early love who became a nun. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The definitive biography of legendary Western gunslinger Doc Holliday, a dentist from the South believed to have gone west because of tuberculosis, who went on to become a gambler, faro dealer, and one of the most feared gunfighters of his time, offers a look at the truth behind this enigmatic man.