They Call Me Doc: The Story Behind the Legend of John Henry Holliday [NOOK Book]

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Reassessing the life of one of the most infamous characters of the Old West
 
?He was a dentist whom necessity had made a gambler; a gentleman whom disease had made a vagabond; a philosopher whom life had made a caustic wit; a long, lean blonde fellow nearly dead with consumption and at the same time the most skillful gambler and ...
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They Call Me Doc: The Story Behind the Legend of John Henry Holliday

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Overview


Reassessing the life of one of the most infamous characters of the Old West
 
“He was a dentist whom necessity had made a gambler; a gentleman whom disease had made a vagabond; a philosopher whom life had made a caustic wit; a long, lean blonde fellow nearly dead with consumption and at the same time the most skillful gambler and nerviest, speediest, deadliest man with a six-gun I ever knew.”
—Wyatt Earp, speaking of Doc Holliday
 
This new biography sets the record straight on the man best known for his participation in the shootout at the O.K. Corral—a man of refinement who went West after contracting tuberculosis and became a gunfighter, gambler, and saloonkeeper. Telling the story in Doc Holliday’s own voice, D. J. Herda reveals many unexplored facets of this legendary figure’s personality. They Call Me Doc provides a riveting, well-rounded picture of both the mythological character and the real man.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762774517
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 679,315
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

D. J. Herda is the author of numerous books on a wide range of topics—including Outlaws of the American West—as well as several hundred thousand articles, syndicated columns, and short stories. 

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From Chapter One, “Speaking Out”

A lot of people have written about me these past five score years and more since my untimely demise. A lot of people have said things, and a lot of people have been wrong.
 Not that I blame them.
     When you have lived as colorful and, as some might say, sordid a life as I, and when you have been gone from center stage for so long a period as I, things are bound to go a bit bug-eyed from time to time.
 Still, I have seen people refer to me as though they knew me. As such, they have portrayed me as a cold-blooded killer and a heartless, homeless wretch, as a whoring whirl-a-way and a confidence man and even—if you can believe it—a drunk.
 Me. Can you imagine?

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: A Moment in Time xi

1 Speaking Out 1

2 A Man Called Doc 9

3 War! 16

4 The End of Innocence 29

5 Love, Death, Betrayal, Etc. 38

6 The Doctor Is In 44

7 Affirmations 55

8 The Deadliest Dentist 59

9 Westward Bound 64

10 My Darling Whore 80

11 Vendetta's Edge 93

12 A Town Called Tombstone 108

13 Thief in the Night 117

14 Shootout at the O.K. Corral 128

15 A Shot in the Dark 143

16 Rough Riders 150

17 One Last Goodbye 165

Epilogue 177

Index 180

About the Author 189

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Highly Recommended - BEST Bio I've Ever Read

    I received a copy of THEY CALL ME DOC, The Story Behind the Legend of John Henry Holliday, in the mail and immediately set about reading it (even though I had other things to read "first"). I'm a huge western Americana fan, as well as a fan of the Earp brothers, Doc Holliday, and Big Nose Kate. When I started reading this, I knew it was something special. This is more than mere biography. It's a peek into Doc Holliday's very own mind. Written in Doc's own voice and point-of-view, it comes across as if Doc had penned it himself. Very strong writing. VERY! The author (either Herda or Holliday, who knows?) pulls no punches. How anyone could get so fully into the mind of a man who died 150 years ago is remarkable, but this author did just that. Along the way, he dispels a number of "facts" about Holliday as sheer myths, while he builds a new place in history for this southern Christian gentleman turned gambler (and he really was all of that, despite his reputation as an "outlaw"). This is the best bio I've ever read, no doubt. And it's the best book I've ever seen on Doc Holliday. Complete with colorful portrayals of the Earps, Big Nose Kate, the Clantons, the "Cowboys" who set out to destroy Holliday and the Earps, Bat and James Masterson, and so many more. I can't wait for the movie! I wonder who'll play the leading role.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    A Must Read Book

    I couldn't put this book down once I started reading. There was so much more to Doc Holliday than I knew about. He was a smart and educated man. If he had not contracted TB, I believe he would have maintained his dentistry work rather becoming a gambler. This is very worth reading.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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