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.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
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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 evenif you can believe ita drunk. Me. Can you imagine?
Table of Contents
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
About the Author 189
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Wonderful book! Loved every page. Must read if you like historical fiction
Great book. Very good read with historical accuracy. Highly recommend this book.