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Posted January 28, 2002
Thom Ross' paintings capture the mythological qualities that this famous gunfight has acquired over the past 120 years. A remarkable effort (about 50 individual paintings), this book is full of bold and evocative images. Not a cut-and-dried recitation of historical facts, this book is instead an exciting and vividly illustrated visual re-enactment of a pivotal event.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 25, 2001
The preface says yes, in 'excruciating' attention to historical detail. Any eighth grader can find the inconsistencies. Says Virgil not at trial but quotes his testimony a few pages later. Tom McLaury unarmed in text but armed in drawings. Anyone with a modicum of historical knowledge can find many other errors. And a real historian of the period will find many more serious errors in the map, the stage robbery, etc. Plus the day of the shootout - Oct. 26, 1881 - was a very gloomy overcast day with no shadows and one can see what that does to the drawings. But all these problems could have been avoided if the book had been labeled a comic book or FICTION. The 120th anniversary of the fight and we are still struggling to get the story told. BN has two books which do just that ISBN 0965464687 and ISBN 0970347758 but you won't find the Gunfight here, only a funfight. Buy this book for the drawings but don't quote the text or you are in trouble. The author of the text - and possibly the preface - should be on the run - just as Ike Clanton was 120 years ago.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.