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The Hatfields and The McCoys

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The Hatfield-McCoy feud has long been the most famous vendetta of the southern Appalachians. Over the years it has become encrusted with myth and error. Scores of writers have produced accounts of it, but few have made any real effort to separate fact from fiction. Novelists, motion picture producers, television script writers, and others have sensationalized events that needed no embellishment.

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Overview

The Hatfield-McCoy feud has long been the most famous vendetta of the southern Appalachians. Over the years it has become encrusted with myth and error. Scores of writers have produced accounts of it, but few have made any real effort to separate fact from fiction. Novelists, motion picture producers, television script writers, and others have sensationalized events that needed no embellishment.

Using court records, public documents, official correspondence, and other documentary evidence, Otis K. Rice presents an account that frees, as much as possible, fact from fiction, event from legend. He weighs the evidence carefully, avoiding the partisanship and the attitude of condescension and condemnation that have characterized many of the writings concerning the feud.

He sets the feud in the social, political, economic, and cultural context of eastern Kentucky and southwestern West Virginia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By examining the legacy of the Civil War, the weakness of institutions such as the church and education system, the exaggerated importance of family, the impotence of the law, and the isolation of the mountain folk, Rice gives new meaning to the origins and progress of the feud. These conditions help explain why the Hatfield and McCoy families, which have produced so many fine citizens, could engage in such a bitter and prolonged vendetta.

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"A captivating account of two families whose stubbornness and loyalty were exceeded only by their capacity for a terrible revenge. Without a doubt, the Hatfield-McCoy feud will reign supreme as the most fascinating vendetta on the American scene." —-Southern Living
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452638966
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/30/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Noted historian Otis K. Rice (1919–2003) is the author or coauthor of several published works, including West Virginia: A History, The Mountain State: An Introduction to West Virginia, and Frontier Kentucky.

Reader of over four hundred audiobooks, Dick Hill has won three coveted Audie Awards and been nominated numerous times. He is also the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. AudioFile includes Dick on their prestigious list of Golden Voices.

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    Great attempt at reporting history

    Author reports the facts in the feud and way of life in the area at that time. Little hard to follow all the people - I did find myself going back and re-reading sections to recall a person's relations later on in the book - but that is what makes this feud so interesting. There were so many overlaps and people with agendas. Fascinating report on the feud.

    35 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    The Hatfields & McCoys

    Really great facts and pictures. I read this after watching the mini series and they seemed to go hand in hand, although the book goes into greater detail.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Good

    Good info on the feud.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    Good

    If your interested in history or just want a good read, check this out. This book is awesome!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Exactly like the History channel spex Exactly like the Histort Channel special. Worth the read.

    Well worth your time

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Only about 160 pages

    Wish i had known that. I would not have paid that much for it.

    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2013

    Good History Lesson

    It was very interesteing considering it was based on true history right here in our own country. It makes me wonder what the relations that are living now think about the history of their families. If only things were as less complicted now in our fueds today as they were then. Yes, there was a lot of bloodshed, but it didn't always involve a whole nation to suffer by it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Sucks

    Sucks spent $12

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Good job at telling history

    I THOUGHT THE EXERCPT WAS INTRESTING .BUT WHY SHOULD MY OPUNION MQATYYER

    0 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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