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The Hatfields and the McCoys [Hardcover]

Otis K. Rice
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June 27 2002
The Hatfield-McCoy feud has long been the most famous vendetta of the southern Appalachians. Over the years it has become encrusted with myth and error. Scores of writers have produced accounts of it, but few have made any real effort to separate fact from fiction. Novelists, motion picture producers, television script writers, and others have sensationalized events that needed no embellishment.

Using court records, public documents, official correspondence, and other documentary evidence, Otis K. Rice presents an account that frees, as much as possible, fact from fiction, event from legend. He weighs the evidence carefully, avoiding the partisanship and the attitude of condescension and condemnation that have characterized many of the writings concerning the feud.

He sets the feud in the social, political, economic, and cultural context of eastern Kentucky and southwestern West Virginia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By examining the legacy of the Civil War, the weakness of institutions such as the church and education system, the exaggerated importance of family, the impotence of the law, and the isolation of the mountain folk, Rice gives new meaning to the origins and progress of the feud. These conditions help explain why the Hatfield and McCoy families, which have produced so many fine citizens, could engage in such a bitter and prolonged vendetta.

--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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"A captivating account of two families whose stubbornness and loyalty were exceeded only by their capacity for a terrible revenge. Without a doubt, the Hatfield-McCoy feud will reign supreme as the most fascinating vendetta on the American scene." ---Southern Living --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Otis Rice is the clear authority Jan. 2 2009
By Patrick W. Crabtree - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough Sept. 11 2005
By James W. Zeirke - Published on Amazon.com
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Compact yet informative telling of the famous feud! Jan. 1 1999
By Rod Hatfield - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Hatfields and McCoys July 5 2012
By tkennedy - Published on Amazon.com
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After reviewing several different books about the Hatfields and McCoys, I found this book to be factual, organized, and easy to read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I found an error in the genealogy Dec 25 2007
By L. Varney - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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