The Last Gunfight by Jeff Guinn

The Last Gunfight

A New York Times bestseller, Jeff Guinn's definitive, myth-busting account of the most famous gunfight in American history reveals who Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and the Clantons and McLaurys really were and what the shootout was all about.On the afternoon of October 26, 1881, in a vacant lot in Tombstone, Arizona, a confrontation between eight armed men erupted in a deadly shootout. The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral would shape how future generatio...

Details The Last Gunfight

TitleThe Last Gunfight
Release DateMay 17th, 2011
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, North American Hi..., American History, Westerns

Reviews The Last Gunfight

  • Matt
    “It’s like Deadwood…without people.”-- Me, to my wife, upon entering Tombstone. When my wife and I drove into Tombstone a few years back, the first thing that struck me was its verisimilitude. It really did a good job mimicking its late-19th century self. That is to say, like any boom town gone bust, it was empty. (To be fair to the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce, we arrived at the end of the season. Arriving at the end of the season is a ...
  • Darwin8u
    "Fight is my racket."- Ike Clanton to Wyatt EarpIt is hard for me to avoid liking this book. Having grown up in the West, fed on a solid diet of Gunsmoke, John Wayne, guns, etc., the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was part of the narrative dust of my childhood. Not to mention that five years after the shooting in Tombstone, AZ my paternal grandmother's maternal grandfather's maternal grandfather was shot and killed by (depending on the story and myt...
  • Robert Jones
    Wanna be a little bit pretentious? STEP 1: Read this book. STEP 2: Watch Tombstone with friends. STEP 3: have fun pointing out all the little errors in the movie! Your friends will love it. I promise.Unlike Every Day Life in the Wild West, the Last Gunfight actually gives a good idea of what life was back in the wild west. It does so by giving the abbreviated histories of nearly everybody involved in the legendary Tombstone gunfight. So you not o...
  • Pop
    Good book if you are interested in White Hats & Black Hats of the old West. Kinda long in the tooth but fair report on the Wyatt & his brothers. My favorite bio was on Doc Holliday though.
  • James Rada Jr.
    This book reminded me of the line from the John Wayne movie, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." I was reminded of it because Jeff Guinn did the opposite. Through a lot of research, he worked to trace back the beginnings of the "Gunfight at the OK Corral." In doing so, he actually wound up making the story of the one of the most-famous gunfights in history less interesting, though it was more correc...
  • Kent Horner
    This is an extremely well researched book about, not just the gunfight at the O.K. corral, which actually took place in a vacant lot near the O.K. corral but about the history of the Earps, the Clantons, the Arizona territory and the township of Tombstone and why it was named Tombstone. The "blood and thunder" hyperbole that was common in books written about the frontier characters was foundational in the massive amount of "cowboy" movies and tv ...
  • Allison
    Very interesting history on Tombstone and the OK Corral, but I felt that this book was a little dry. Very well researched, but not much in the way of endearing the characters to the reader. Still an overall great book.
  • Mark
    If you only want to read one book on Gunfight at the OK Corral - this is the best book on it.Now for my longer review:I've been studying the Gunfight at the OK Corral since I was in the 8th grade when I did my first book report on Wyatt Earp. And I've read entire books dedicated on Earp and Doc Holliday - so I had to keep that in mind when reading this book. Basically there's a lot of stuff I already knew but most people probably won't know.The G...
  • Patrick Belair
    This was one of my thrift shop finds ,and was a very good one.Mr Guinn tells a very deep and in my opinion very detailed look at the infamous fight at the o k corral in Thombstone Arizona.If you are a fan of the old west and all the life size people involved in the not so pleasant times check out this book you will be surprised what you learn. I was.
  • Melody
    I tried listening to the audio version of this book. The narrator was very good (his voice was so familiar too!), but it just wasn't keeping my attention. I hate to give it a poor rating because I'm sure it's a good book full of interesting information.
  • Karen Ireland-Phillips
    This caught my eye the last time I swung through the library because I really didn’t know the story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral. Mary Doria Russell’s Doc piqued my interest in the subject. [return]Doc was a fictionalize exploration of a man usually portrayed as a cold-blooded killer. Ms. Russell traced his childhood, young adulthood and the course of his tuberculosis and alcoholism, and questioned whether Doc Holliday wasn’t motivate...
  • Scott
    One of the more disappointing reads I've had in while. I picked this up at the discount table of a local bookstore, and maybe that should have tipped me off. What should have tipped me off even more was reading the first chapter which struck me as a rambling, unfocused, and generally uninteresting hodge podge of generalities, but I figured it would probably get better once the author got into the real subject matter of the book. And it did, in a ...
  • Terry Cornell
    Well researched book on Tombstone, the Earps, Clantons, and the infamous gunfight. Guinn dispels many inaccuracies and myths, and does a great job of describing Tombstone of the time. The real town was more of a prosperous mining town, than portrayed in movies and television. Guinn does an excellent job writing about the court trials, vendetta shootings, and life of the surviving participants including how the event and town have become somewhat ...
  • Kevin Symmons
    As a student of the "Old West" it was a pleasure to read a thoroughly researched work that debunked the myth of the heroic gun battle at the OK corral, which Professor Guinn correctly explains never took place at that location. I found his characterizations illuminating and honest. He gave a fair description of the times and participants on both sides of the infamous feud between the Earps and the Cowboys. I also enjoyed the background material a...
  • Jim A
    Good read that separates Hollywood from reality as to what happened in Tombstone in 1881, and the aftermath.
  • Alissa Mccarthy
    I bought this book in Tombstone after it was recommended to me by Joe Giles. When you see the actual spot where the infamous shootout occurred, it's a wonder they weren't all killed. It is an extremely well researched book about, not just the gunfight, but about the history of the Earps, the Clantons, the Arizona territory and the township of Tombstone. Truth is frequently the first casualty of symbolism and legend; however, despite it's clear ov...
  • John
    If you are a detail kind of person you will like this book, if you are a get on with the story person (like me) it kind of drags. It takes 205 pages of background (in fairly small print) to get to the gunfight and that only takes up 30 pages of the 320 page book. It was a long slog.
  • Awallens
    I have read several books by this author, including Bonnie and Clyde. I love that book, and this one was interesting to. But the subject matter wasn’t as compelling to me. There were definitely some interesting facts, but overall I like Bonnie and Clyde better.
  • Zohar -
    The Last Gunfight: The Real Story Of The Shootout At The O.K. Corral — And How It Changed The American West by Jeff Guinn is a non-fiction book which traces the famous gunfight. The author cuts through the myth to tell the reader how wild the west really was.The gunfight at the O.K. Corral is ingrained in American culture and one of the prime examples of lawmen taking care of business. Only that the gunfight didn’t occur in the O.K. Corral, n...
  • Zella Kate
    Mary-Esther suggested this author to me, and I decided to give this book of his a try since I've always found Tombstone, Arizona's history interesting. Guinn is an excellent writer who has a knack for combining extensive research with an entertaining narrative. The story itself is fascinating, and even though I had read a lot about it before, I learned a lot of things I didn't know in this book. I really liked his thorough endnotes. They were jus...
  • Tom Marcinko
    Shamless self-promo: I interviewed the author and quoted him in this article. Pure kismet: I'd checked this book out of the library and it was sitting on my night table, patiently waiting to be read, before I even got the assignment to write that short item about the cowboys.Here's Jeff Guinn's nut graf:'As Pima County deputy sheriff, [Wyatt Earp] had to contend with a steady influx of arrivals who were every bit as experienced in breaking the la...
  • Mike
    I've read about everything there is to offer on this particular subject....and I found this to be both informative and very entertaining. Each of the more popular titles dealing with the shootout, or Wyatt and the Earps, and of course Doc Holiday, claims to be the end all be all of up to date research...and in the end where you fall really depends on your ability to incorporate new facts and info into your views despite any biases you may harbor....
  • John Nellis
    This book tells the story about the famous gunfight in Tombstone, Arizona known as the O.K. Corral. It actually goes into a lot of detail about the history of Tombstone, and the period of the Old West. It tells the backgrounds of the key players in the event, as well as what caused it. The book focuses a lot on Wyatt Earp and does a good job telling his real story. I learned a lot about the aftermath of the gunfight and what happened later. The b...
  • Phil
    One of the better micro-history books I love so much. This one covers an event that lasted all of 30 seconds: The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, which is funny because the gunfight actually occurred on the street and in a vacant lot NEAR the O.K. Corral.The book does an excellent job of unwinding the social and cultural fabric of mid to late 19th century frontier America to explain the fight in the context of the politics and economy of the place a...
  • Julie Guthrie
    I really, really like Jeff Guinn. He's all about historical context. This account mostly sets the stage (ha) for the famous Tombstone shootout--the actual standoff happens near the end of the book. The real story is a bit less exciting than other versions tell because several of the characters turn out to be big liars and because storytelling and embellishment are rich Old West traditions. I learned that guns weren't actually allowed in Western c...
  • Donna
    This book was less than complimentary to Wyatt Earp and his family. The Earps were painted as opportunists. I think that can be said of most of the pioneers slowly eeking their way further west hoping to strike it big. The Earps, however, were also painted as low lifes with no moral compass. I enjoyed reading the background on Wyatt and his brothers, even the background on Doc. There were a lot of facts mentioned that didn't seem like common know...
  • David
    It seems as though every "new" book about the Earps and Tombstone (and there have been many) reveals some new bits and pieces of the legend, and Mr. Guinn's effort is no exception. His style keeps the narrative moving and the map of downtown Tombstone is helpful in understanding the logistics of the notorious shootout.When taken as part of the whole western oeuvre, this is a valuable piece of history.
  • Cindy
    Jeff Guinn did a great job at clearing up a few questions I have always had about the actualgunfight in Tombstone of which I have read so much. I also now have a greater respect and admiration for Virgil Earp.