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The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys: A New and Grisly History (edició 2013)

de Dean King

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The in-depth "true" story of this legendarily fierce-- and far-reaching-- clash in the heart of Appalachia. Describes the little-known truths behind the legendary feud between two Appalachian families that ultimately killed thirteen members in a dispute that became newspaper fodder and eventually went to the U.S. Supreme Court.… (més)
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Títol:The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys: A New and Grisly History
Autors:Dean King
Informació:Little, Brown and Company (2013), Hardcover, 352 pages
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  aumbre | Mar 18, 2018 |
I won this book from Goodreads Book Giveaway. I love history and the story of the Hatfields and the McCoys which many books have been written. Mr King does a great service to the story of these two feuding families by clarifying and clearing up many of the stories and legends that surround this infamous time in our history. It is amazing before the Civil War the families chose to marry between the families but after the Civil War grudges and perceived slights to one another began to occur. These slights and grudges turned into monumental battles leading to a horrific amount of bloodshed. Giving new meaning to pioneer and mountain justice leaving law enforcement no legs to stand on as each side executed one another with a few innocent and not so innocent bystanders caught in the cross hairs. Thank goodness for the provided family trees provided to keep some of the minor players straight on where they fell in the family trees. This story is far from a simple theft of a pig or that these people were considered hillbillies. Far from it the Hatfields had a timber operation and the McCoys ended up in the coal business. They knew how to work the political and judicial system for the most part it worked in the Hatfields favor. Only a handful of the participants ever saw jail time and only one was hung for his part in the deaths. Amazing historical research with the help of both families and historical records that have never before been seen that help dispel many of the myths and why they became so legendary. This book is a must have for Hatfield & McCoy reference and to the history of the Appalachia and its people. I know I will be adding a copy to my library. ( )
  yvonne.sevignykaiser | Apr 2, 2016 |
Genuinely exciting, fast-moving, but also sad and tragic story of two rival clans who battled each other across the Tug Fork River between Kentucky and West Virginia for 3 decades of the late 19th century. If you can make sense of the torrent of names, many of them very similar, that will be hurled at you as you wade through the family history of the much intermarried clans, you will find this an enthralling read. The feud, which began with the murder of a Union sympathiser after the Civil War, but was really precipitated a decade later by, of all things, the disputed ownership of a pig, ostensibly involved the Hatfield family, based in West Virginia and led by Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield, and the McCoys, based in Kentucky and led by Randolph "Ole Ran'l" McCoy, was much more complex than a simple dispute between families. It involved concepts of loyalty, honour and betrayal, that led people to forgo family ties in order to take one side or the other, or indeed, try to stop the feud altogether. King has taken a complicated story and made a fast-paced, exciting read. Despite the tangled family trees and webs of intrigue and mistrust, the story moves at a breakneck pace, covering three decades of violence without mssing a beat. King does not, however, gloss over the genuine tragedy of this private civil war. At least 20 people, many of them innocent, died in the course of the feud, and King captures the loss and the grief of the bereaved families. He also captures the wider implications of this private war for the US at large, with two states, Kentucky and West Virginia, being drawn almost to the point of war themselves over the dispute, and the interest of the world outside piqued, with journalists from the big cities risking their lives in order to penetrate the clan strongholds in search of a scoop. This is an enthralling piece of writing, sad, but gripping which will reward the reader very richly indeed. ( )
  drmaf | Aug 26, 2014 |
Dean King's latest book is a thoroughly researched history of the Hatfield-McCoy feud. The book has merit in that it paints a vivid picture of late 19th century life along the West Virginia/Kentucky border, and the hatred that festered between the two families. The book, however, goes far beyond what the casual reader would want to know. His litany of names from the two families is something this reader did not enjoy slogging through. Unlike King's wonderfully written "Skeletons on the Zahara", which is a history that reads like a novel, "Feud" is ponderous and confusing. That being said, if you are a student of this era or perhaps have ties to the region, no doubt you will find more to like about this book. ( )
1 vota susanahern | Jan 31, 2014 |
I really enjoyed reading The Feud. The more I read I paid attention to the names of families and realized that a lot of the same families lived up in Ritchie County where I'm from,we had Hatfields,McCoys,Clines, and Cunningham's. I think one of my Aunts married a Cunningham. I found some new information that I had not known and I noticed as I read I had a tendency to take the West Virginia side while reading and wondered why they didn't stop those damned Kentucky bounty hunters. This is a very good read and I recommend it to all West Virginia and Kentucky history lovers and anyone who likes American history.
  Philip100 | Sep 24, 2013 |
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"All different things brought it on."
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It was February, a time when the locals usually hunkered down in smoky cabins on the brink of stir-craziness, quietly riding out the long, brutal months of an Appalachian winter, subsisting on cured razorback pork and venison, stored in smokehouses in hollowed-out tree trunks they called meat logs, and on cornmeal and bear grease.
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The in-depth "true" story of this legendarily fierce-- and far-reaching-- clash in the heart of Appalachia. Describes the little-known truths behind the legendary feud between two Appalachian families that ultimately killed thirteen members in a dispute that became newspaper fodder and eventually went to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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