The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys, The True Story

For than a century, the enduring feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys has been American shorthand for passionate, unyielding, and even violent confrontation Yet despite numerous articles, books, television shows, and feature films, nobody has ever told the in depth true story of this legendarily fierce and far reaching clash in the heart of Appalachia Drawing uFor than a century, the enduring feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys has been American shorthand for passionate, unyielding, and even violent confrontation Yet despite numerous articles, books, television shows, and feature films, nobody has ever told the in depth true story of this legendarily fierce and far reaching clash in the heart of Appalachia Drawing upon years of original research, including the discovery of previously lost and ignored documents and interviews with relatives of both families, bestselling author Dean King finally gives us the full, unvarnished tale, one vastly enthralling than the myth.Unlike previous accounts, King s begins in the mid nineteenth century, when the Hatfields and McCoys lived side by side in relative harmony Theirs was a hardscrabble life of farming and hunting, timbering and moonshining and raising large and boisterous families in the rugged hollows and hills of Virginia and Kentucky Cut off from much of the outside world, these descendants of Scots Irish and English pioneers spoke a language many Americans would find hard to understand Yet contrary to popular belief, the Hatfields and McCoys were established and influential landowners who had intermarried and worked together for decades.When the Civil War came, and the outside world crashed into their lives, family members were forced to choose sides After the war, the lines that had been drawn remained and the violence not only lived on but became personal By the time the fury finally subsided, a dozen family members would be in the grave The hostilities grew to be a national spectacle, and the cycle of killing, kidnapping, stalking by bounty hunters, and skirmishing between governors spawned a legal battle that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court and still influences us today.Filled with bitter quarrels, reckless affairs, treacherous betrayals, relentless mercenaries, and courageous detectives, THE FEUD is the riveting story of two frontier families struggling for survival within the narrow confines of an unforgiving land It is a formative American tale, and in it, we see the reflection of our own family bonds and the lengths to which we might go in order to defend our honor, our loyalties, and our livelihood.
The Feud The Hatfields and McCoys The True Story For than a century the enduring feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys has been American shorthand for passionate unyielding and even violent confrontation Yet despite numerous articles books

  • Title: The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys, The True Story
  • Author: Dean King
  • ISBN: 9780316167062
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. I used to live in a itsy bitsy little town in southwestern Virginia, right in the little corner of the state that's bordered by West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. I no longer live there, but I do still live in the Appalachian Mountains, only in Pennsylvania now. I bring this up because reading this book was both familiar and frustrating to me. A little Becky History: When I lived in Virginia, I lived less than an hour (by modern, car standards) from where the events in this book took place. [...]

    2. (This review previously appeared in the Historical Novel Review) Within the last year, we’ve been treated to Hollywood’s rendition of the most famous family feud in American history – The Hatfields and the McCoys. It was a long, drawn-out, bloody affair and made for great stage drama. But Dean King’s The Feud sets the story straight. This well-researched, scholarly account of the infamous Hatfields/McCoys brings the affair the sort of professional scrutiny it has long needed. Virgil Carr [...]

    3. I decided to check it out because of a good review. I figured I would just skim because it is not really up my alley. However, it was very interesting and it felt well researched, so I read the whole thing including notes. It is confusing because there are so many people to keep track of and the names don't match as neatly as you would think from feuding familes, but if you just follow the various "plots" it is intriguing to see what life was like at the time.

    4. I won this book from Book Giveaway. I love history and the story of the Hatfields and the McCoys which many books have been written. Mr King does a great service to the story of these two feuding families by clarifying and clearing up many of the stories and legends that surround this infamous time in our history. It is amazing before the Civil War the families chose to marry between the families but after the Civil War grudges and perceived slights to one another began to occur. These slights [...]

    5. I thought this was a really well researched and written book about the Hatfields and McCoys. Naturally the early history and some of the stories can be skeptical as record keeping wasn't the best in that area during the time but regardless King made it as inclusive and factual as possible. I enjoyed some of the side-stories about key characters involved in the feuding as it made it more enjoyable. I did find it difficult at times to figure out who certain people were as the inner marrying betwee [...]

    6. This book reminded me of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee (although it doesn't take place there) and this 10 minute tv show that used to run in the mornings before the local news called The Heartland Series. That's why I chose to read it in the first place. Well, that's also the best part about it - the intimate descriptions of mountain life back in the day. As for the feud itself, I wasn't captivated. There are some complex characters involved, but I agree with other reviewers that the relation [...]

    7. It's amazing how the Hatfield and McCoy feud has worked itself into the lexicon of today without much understanding of what actually occurred. This book was an interesting, well researched look at the famous feud. For me, the strength of this book was how the author captured the unique time and place (after the civil war in the Appalachian Mountains). However, I did have a hard time following the enormous cast of characters. Also, the author didn't really spend much time looking into the "why" o [...]

    8. Truly awesome factual account of the notorious Hatfield-McCoy feud. King has done an enormous amount of research and put it all together in a very readable style. Filled with brutal killings and infighting, moonshining, intimidation, intermarriage, torture and murder, King reveals the facts of how the feud began and spanned decades in the wilds of the West Virginia/Kentucky border during the later decades of the 19th century. I appreciated the family charts he provided, as there were so many cha [...]

    9. Wowry enlightening. Some parts went a little overboard with description, but overall I really liked it.

    10. What a read, what a ride. Dean King is a masterful storyteller, and what a story this is! Superb.

    11. I don't have enough knowledge of this period of history to assess whether it's a five star effort or not, but I suspect that it is.It's a very comprehensive account of the origins and conclusion of the Hatfield/McCoy feud including a lot of original research that has never seen the light of day before. In my opinion, the facts favor the McCoys (slightly) as the Hatfields were calculating and ruthless while the McCoys were more reactionary.It's as enjoyable of a read as such an account could poss [...]

    12. I learned a lot about this, the "quintessential American feud" by reading this book. It was hard to keep the two sides straight, but after a while I realized that it didn't matter. Both families were bad people! Moonshine, intermarriage, medical issues, and vile tempers combined to create a feud that led to a lot of bloody deaths.

    13. I WON THIS BOOK FOR FREE ON FIRSTREADS GIVEAWAYThis was an interesting book. It covers the infamous feud between the Hatfields and McCoys during the 1800s. The author spoke with descendants of these families, so you get some of the family stories that were handed down through the generations. The way this feud was portrayed on television varies, on some important parts, from what the author actually found out through historic records and information from descendants. I gave it 3 stars, because [...]

    14. I won this book from at a first read book! I loved this book! I am a history buff so it was right up my alley! I have always been fascinated by this feud and this book helped me better understand it! I recently watched the mini series that came on and found this book matched it very closely. I did find this book a bit confusing at times though it was not the authors fault, just the fact that the two families were so interbred made it sometimes hard to keep up with who was who's family! Once aga [...]

    15. This is my favorite kind of history book--the author does all the hard work doing the research and then presents it to me in a readable way. I had previously read Skeletons on the Zahara by the same author and so already knew I liked the writing style, but Feud is a fascinating look at a legend that has intrigued me since the first time I read Huck Finn. I tried to read another book about the Hatfields and McCoys that came out about a year earlier but gave up about ten pages in because the writi [...]

    16. I liked this book very much. It was very interesting and moved along at a good pace. I had long heard about this feud and often wondered exactly what it was about. Obviously, being in a war changes people, and they live with the buried emotional baggage of killing other people for a long time without realizing what strong emotions and reactions stem from trying to rid oneself of the damage. Not that war is not often necessary. Enslavement would be worse. A map would have been nice, though with t [...]

    17. This is a nice volume, highlighting the Hatfield-McCoy feud.It begins by outlining the origins of the feud, and then follows its twists and turns over time. It is apparent that the Civil War was a key part of the picture, but that was scarcely the only aspect of the feud.The book does a nice job of providing a good sense of who the different key actors were as this conflict evolved. The characters become real as described by the author. In some ways, that makes the tale that much more poignant.I [...]

    18. I was very excited to win this book in a giveaway.Dean King did a superb and might I add, exhaustive job with The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys. Like most I am familiar with the basics, but I always wondered about the beginning, when they did get along. I suppose for some it's not as exciting, but I find it interesting.I'd recommend this to anyone interested in The Hatfield/McCoy feud, whether you consider yourself an expert, or like myself, someone who knew the bare facts, you'll learn a thin [...]

    19. I only read this book because it was recommended by someone who reads a lot of books. I only read a little over half of this book and stopped. It seems like the writer did extensive research. However, after reading hundreds of names and about hundreds of killings, I had enough. Maybe this book becomes more meaningful if you read on. However, I think I will spend my time reading something else.

    20. The good thing about reading history is that it opens up your perspective. Just when I thought the world was becoming a more cruel and violent place this book showed me that it has pretty much been that way all along. And I also learned that in-breeding is not the best way to pro-create. I guess I pretty much knew that, but now I have proof.Very read-ablery well researched and I felt probably more accurate than the tv mini-series.

    21. Between the blow-by-blow account of everyone and their grandfather's son-in-law's cousin's wife's son's misdeeds, the sudden bursts of written-as-it-sounded dialect (e.g."I will baptize you boy the very hole whar I baptized yore pappy") that make reading laborious at times, and the names upon names upon names, this book is pretty much unreadable.

    22. I won this book through a GR Giveaway! I really enjoyed reading this book. I didn't know much about this feud except that there was one. It was very informative. It gave viewpoints from both sides of the story. The only thing was there were so many people involved, I sometimes got confused who was who, even with the family charts.

    23. More of a 3.5. Very interesting and I enjoyed it. I would have rated it higher but I tended to get lost in the deep background stories of the many, many supporting characters. Very well researched and quite an accomplishment.

    24. This book was wonderful. I won it from and thought it was excellent. Very informative. I have always been interested in the Hatfield/McCoy feud since I was a kid. I was surprised there was even a few pictures! Highly recommend!

    25. A wealth of information about these two infamous families. This was interesting and informative. I discovered many facts about the lives of these sad people. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to discover the truth of the matter.

    26. The book is good but you have to really pay attention. The characters become intertwined throughout the story. I have read a lot of Great Plains and Western History involving Indians and whites, but reading about this feud puts the Indians barbarism to shame.

    27. Very well-written. Like most people I have heard of this feud and seen it parodied in cartoons and tv shows for years but had no idea what it was all about. An absorbing and interesting read.

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