They Call Me Doc: The Story Behind the Legend of John Henry Holliday

They Call Me Doc: The Story Behind the Legend of John Henry Holliday

by D. J. Herda
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They Call Me Doc: The Story Behind the Legend of John Henry Holliday by D. J. Herda

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762774517
Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
Publication date: 12/07/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 743,941
File size: 1 MB

About 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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They Call Me Doc: The Story Behind the Legend of John Henry Holliday 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Western_Americana_Fan More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the worst books I have read in my lifetime. This author is delusional if he thinks he is Doc or if he thinks he is a writer. OMG this was very bad.
FortheloveofbooksOH More than 1 year ago
One of the worst books that I have ever read! Frankly, I have no idea how this was published. The publisher should be ashamed. The writing is abysmal, the storytelling is choppy at best, and the facts are not accurate. The writer made many notable errors about the history associated with Holliday. You would think he would have done his homework prior to writing the book but he clearly did not. The entire concept is silly and I think the writer actually believed he was telling the story from Doc's perspective. I have read many books on Holliday and this is not even writing....sadly it is trash. Do not waste your time or money on this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago