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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Scholarly Book Services Inc (June 27 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813114594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813114590
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #494,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An engrossing account of the Appalachian feud that has become a part of the folk history of America." -- "Ashland Daily Independent"

About the Author

Noted historian Otis K. Rice (1919–2003) is the author or coauthor of several published works, including West Virginia: A History, The Mountain State: An Introduction to West Virginia, and Frontier Kentucky.

Reader of over four hundred audiobooks, Dick Hill has won three coveted Audie Awards and been nominated numerous times. He is also the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. AudioFile includes Dick on their prestigious list of Golden Voices. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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A STORY CARRIED by numerous newspapers in June 1977 reported great agitation among residents of the eastern Kentucky town of Pikeville over a proposal to move the graves in the Dils Cemetery to make way for a civic center and sports arena. Read the first page
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Format: Hardcover
Much has been written of the feud yet in this book I found a "good read" along with a very historical study. Also inside the front and back covers you will find a family tree graphic to help you trace possible relations.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Otis Rice is the clear authority Jan. 2 2009
By Patrick W. Crabtree - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've become quite the Hatfield-McCoy historian over the years, having helped to produce an hour-long multimedia program to be shown to the general public on this facinating topic. A partner and I also worked with members of both families (descendants of the feudists) to put it all together.

One of our foremost resources was this book, the work of Otis Rice. Of the many available texts covering the Hatfield-McCoy feud, Rice outshone all the others.

The writing is a little stiff but since the topic is so engaging, most readers won't mind the scholastic text. This book has my highest recommendation for those interested in the history of Appalachia.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Very thorough Sept. 11 2005
By James W. Zeirke - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was looking for a book to give me a factual narrative of the Hatfield-McCoy feud. I took a chance ont his book and was nicely rewarded. Heavily footnoted and scrupulously dispassionate, the book gives a clear and concise rundown of the events leading up to, during, and as the feud wound down. In the course of doing so, this book also debunks many of the myths and some of the commonly held beliefs of what took place during this feud. Indeed, the book also gives details on other feuds that occurred during the years that the Hatfield-McCoy feud ravaged the Tug River valley. It is a good, easy to read book. The only failing of the book is that the pictures section is heavily tilted towards the Hatfields. I don't know if this is because the McCoys did have as many pictures or what. But a better balanced photo section would be helpful.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Compact yet informative telling of the famous feud! Jan. 1 1999
By Rod Hatfield - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Much has been written of the feud yet in this book I found a "good read" along with a very historical study. Also inside the front and back covers you will find a family tree graphic to help you trace possible relations.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Hatfields and McCoys July 5 2012
By tkennedy - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
After reviewing several different books about the Hatfields and McCoys, I found this book to be factual, organized, and easy to read.
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I found an error in the genealogy Dec 25 2007
By L. Varney - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Rice lists Rose Anna McCoy's Aunt Betty as "Betty Blankenship McCoy" on page 21. Without being able to contact him as to how he determined this, I have to contest it.

My great-great-grandmother was Aunt Betty-- Elizabeth Rutherford McCoy. She was married to Uriah McCoy, not Allen McCoy, as Rice writes. She is buried with Uriah in our family cemetery, just above her house, which is on the Hatfield-McCoy Trail tour as the house where Rose Anna stayed and had her baby.

Other than that, I assume his information is correct, though I will be thoroughly researching what he reports.