|Plot Summary of And Die in the West |
|"This book describes in great detail one of the most famous gunfights in all
of Western history - the battle at the OK Corral, in Tombstone, Arizona, on October 26, 1881.
What led up to the shootout? Historians disagree. Mitchell Marks
carefully lays out what is known. The Earp brothers - Wyatt, Morgan, and Earl - were the town's lawmen. Earlier, they had arrested the famous Doc Holliday on suspicion of being involved in a stage robbery. But apparently they had concluded that he was in fact innocent, because he was on their side in the battle.
The Earps were suspicious that members of several local families were
involved at least in thieving and cattle rustling and perhaps the stage robbery as well. After both sides exchanged threats, they met in a vacantlot on the afternoon of October 26. The Earps and Doc Holliday exchanged shots with the McLaury and Clanton brothers. When the smoke cleared, both McLaurys and Billy Clanton were killed and two lawmen wounded.
This would hardly be the end of the story. Mitchell Marks hangs on through chases, trials, and testimonies.
Ann Gaines, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of And Die in the West |
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Kind of living:
- pioneering in countryside
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- accused criminal
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- hard edged
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 6 ()
- 19th century
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Book makes you feel?
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
Is this a biography of several people?
How much dialogue in bio?
- little dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 76%-100% of book
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