Listed here are some of the
best books available that give information on Tombstone, the O.K. Corral
shootout, and the characters involved such as, Wyatt Earp, "Doc" Holliday,
Johnny Ringo, and Ike
1). Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind The Legend, Author:Casey Tefertiller,
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
N.Y. , N.Y. 1997
Excellent biography. This book is well researched and all the sources of
information used are given. The
author included the writings of Forrestine Cooper Hooker, John Henry Flood,
and other unpublished
manuscripts. A full compliment of other sources of information was used
Best work available on Wyatt Earp and the O.K. Corral Shootout and aftermath.
As author Evan Connell stated, " Quite impressive. I doubt if there has
been or will be a more deeply researched and convincing account."
3). Undercover For Wells, Fargo: The Unvarnished
Recollections Of Fred Dodge, Author: Carolyn Lake,
Publisher:Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1969
Very interesting reading from someone who lived in Tombstone and witnessed
much of everything that
occurred. Well written.
To purchase this book: http://www.amazon.com/ 4). Doc Holliday: A Family Portrait, Author:Karen
Holliday Tanner, Publisher: University Of Oklahoma
Press, Norman, Ok. 1998
This is extremely well written, easy to read, and well researched. The
author, Karen Holliday Tanner, is
a distant cousin of the famous gunslinger. This book provides previously
undisclosed family documents
and reminiscences as well as other primary sources.
"The definitive biography of this Wild West legend."- Roundup Magazine
To purchase this book:
http://www.tombstoneoldwestbooks.com/ 5). And Die In The West: The Story Of
The O.K. Corral Gunfight, Author: Paula Mitchell Marks,
Publisher: University Of Oklahoma Press, Norman,
Ok. 1989, 1994
This author writes from a viewpoint that the Earps broke as many laws as
they upheld. And that the
Clantons and McLaury's weren't as bad as many have claimed. While I disagree
with much of her
beliefs, she does present the argument from the "other" side. That alone
makes it a good read.
It is well researched, but sometimes, Mrs. marks still goes with her own
theories despite the
evidence at hand. if you want to read things from the Clanton or cowboy
point of view, this book
is for you.
Tombstone was the site of the most famous gunfight
in western history, the quarrel in the O.K. Corral, an event thoroughly
covered by the town's newspaper, the Tombstone Epitaph. The news
stories collected in this book are on-the-spot accounts and running news
bulletins (including verbatim testimony) of the trial that followed.
John Myers Myers has written the
story of Tombstone's early years with painstaking research and commendable
respect for verifiable records. The result is as gaudy as anyone could wish,
but it probably comes as close to the whole truth about Tombstone, the Clanton
gang, the Earps, and the bloody two-year reign of terror as any history of
that time and place ever will.
George Whitwell Parsons was
an Easterner, trained as a banker, who wanted to carve a niche for himself
in hardrock mining. To do so, he picked one of America’s most isolated silver
camps, Tombstone in Arizona Territory. Although he failed to find his El
Dorado in southeastern Arizona, and never left an enduring mark on the region,
he presented a priceless account of everyday life in Tombstone during its