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Doc Holliday : the life and legend

Author: Gary L Roberts
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"He was a study in contrasts: the legendary gunslinger who made his living as a dentist; the emaciated consumptive whose very name struck fear in the hearts of his enemies; the degenerate gambler and alcoholic whose fierce loyalty to his friends compelled him, more than once, to risk his own life; the sidekick whose near-mythic status has come to rival that of the West's greatest heroes. More than 100 years after he
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Roberts, Gary L., 1942-
Doc Holliday.
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2006
(OCoLC)891459835
Named Person: John Henry Holliday; John Henry Holliday; John Henry Holliday
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gary L Roberts
ISBN: 0471262919 9780471262916
OCLC Number: 61211352
Description: xi, 528 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue --
Child of the southern frontier --
The world turned upside down --
Gone to Texas --
Cow towns and pueblos --
The price of a reputation --
Friends and enemies --
The Fremont Street fiasco --
Vengeance --
The out trail --
A Holliday in Denver --
A living --
and dying --
legend --
The anatomy of a western legend --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Gary L. Roberts.
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He was a dentist from the South believed to have gone west because of tuberculosis, a man who went on to become a gambler, a faro dealer, and one of the most feared (and fearless) gunfighters of his  Read more...

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Who was Doc Holliday, the famed participant in the 1881 gunfight at OK Corral? Was he a killer and professional cutthroat, a reckless murderer, or a mild-mannered young man who would give aid to his Read more...

 
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