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I could lather that the His Really a 3. Costner is always entertaining if you give him a horse and gun. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I would encourage others After watching the mini-series on the Hatfields and the McCoys a couple years ago, I remember that this book by Lisa Alther came out about the same time.

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However, it is not your typical historical book composed of facts and dates. The author does an excellent job of looking at the collateral damage from the feud, the widowed or murdered wives and children, the small towns whose residents packed up and aalther to a safer locations to avoid the violence, transforming from thriving townships to empty store fronts. I cannot begin to describe how disappointed I was in this book.

Nov 09, Michael Kearney rated it really liked it. It’s a well written take o This book is an interesting take on the Hatfield-McCoy feud. Alther, the author, has some connection with the feud in her ancestry and grew up in the mountains not too far from where the historic feuding took place. I enjoyed the chapter on other feuds and wanted more of that. Perhaps that is a good thing for anyone reading fictional non-fiction. The writing was good, and so was: I would suggest this book to anyone who is interested in Appalachia or the period directly following the Civil war in America.


The first half of Ms Alther’s book was interesting, but as even she admits, the stories that accompany every incident in b,ood long years of the feud are many and varied.

I understand that some things have to be changed and condensed, but they deviated from the history too much for my liking; but, then again, the History Channel is a disappointment to begin with— Pawn Stars?

After seeing the new made-for-TV movie about the legendary feud, I was eager to learn more about it. The epic story is just that although it takes less than half the book to tell it. Exacting vigilante vengeance, a group of Hatfields tied them up and shot them dead. But this material also demonstrates the authors own bias from her vantage point in the twenty-first century.

I think Montagus and Capulets are nothing compared to the gun-toting, moonshine-stilling, Hatfields and McCoys, who feuded during 19th century. Nov 07, James rated it liked it Shelves: Well it wasn’t quite like that and the real story, at althdr as close as we can get to it, is far more serious, complex, and tragic than many realize.

A photo shows a young man with very dark hair and eyes, and a full mustache.

Oct 15, Nicole Maxim rated it really liked it. Guns were blazing, people were killed indiscriminately, all because of popularly claimed the stealing of a hog, although the author pointed out that the bad blood had already run before that with the murder of Harmon McCoy on the hands of Jim Vance.

Jun 10, Brandon rated it liked it Shelves: Unfortunately, the beginning of the book is much better than the remainder. Sep 13, Barbara Hoke rated it it was ok. Not recommended to, well, anyone. Granted, bloox together a “history” based on so much conflicting oral stories had to be difficult and it appears that Ms.


I especially appreciated the various versions of an incident that she included. To imply that the women at the time got pregnant as a way to relieve their boredom is ludicrous at best.

Lisa Alther: Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys

Although this book is written by a distant descendant of the McCoy family, it does not suffer from partisanship that other books on this feud written by descendants suffer from.

While there is some favor to the McCoys, the book does try for a even handed account. But, I have to admit that I finally just gave up trying to sort it all out and bailed out of the last fourth of the narrative of the book and skipped to the attempts to “explain” the feud. It was interesting to read about the other feuds that went on that was never made public.

Many of the Hatfields were loyal althre the confederacy.

Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance

This book provided valuable information served up with great storytelling and a dash of humor. There are not very many factual resources regarding the Hatfield-McCoy feud thus the reliance on oral histories. Some of the McCoys and their allies served the Union cause.

I am re-examining the competitive spirit of the volleyball games and Rook games once played on Blackberry Creek with my Hatfield kin. Her discussion of possible reasons for the feud was also superb, and her look at Appalachian culture was interesting.