By Lisa Alther Blood Feud: The Hatfields And The Mccoys: The Epic Story Of Murder And Vengeance () [Paperback] on *FREE* shipping on. From the bestselling author of KINFLICKS and KINFOLKS comes BLOOD FEUD, a riveting new narrative history of America’s most infamous fighting families, the. Blood Feud by Lisa Alther – book cover, description, publication history.

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At the conclusion of this book the author achieves the goal in examining the Hatfield-McCoy feud and its impact on of the south and the impression that it has given to outsiders. Notably, the subtitle for the book includes the words “Epic Story” as a sign of what the reader should expect. Fdud, participants from the same family may have glood stories, and time may add legendary aspects on top of that. I also found the use of both endnotes and footnotes to be rather confusing especially since most of the footnotes seemed to be completely irrelevant to the story.

Fueled by moonshine, a legacy of violent exploits, a lack of restraint and education, both sides suffered violent losses. If I were not suffering from vacation insomnia I would probably have abandoned it, but I had a mild curiosity about the history so I stuck it out. Hearsay is not evidence. Oct 19, Jeff Jellets rated it really liked it Shelves: If you watched the History Channel it had the same thing. There are not very many factual resources regarding the Hatfield-McCoy feud thus the reliance on oral histories.

The inside of the dust cover folds out to reveal a family tree of both families, which is very helpful to keep the relationships straight while you are reading take that, electronic downloads.

She allows many currents to deepen her story without losing a sense of the fateful whole. Blood Feud joins a host of key paradigm-shifting books about mountain identity, including: Nov 09, Michael Kearney rated it really liked it.


Kentucky officials insisted that West Virginians accused of crimes in their neighboring state should be caught and brought to court in Kentucky, no matter where they were at the time. Dec 28, Mary Frances rated it it was ok. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. All good, that, but the best part is tracking the bloodstained characters through their astounding, outrageous lives. Brothers in Valor Jefferson, Jr.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It was the born killers, the ones unhampered by moral qualms or a belief in althe legal system, who showed the highest survival rates.

Interesting read, although nobody will really know the truth. Jun 13, Jill rated it really liked it. The first half of Ms Alther’s book was interesting, but as even she admits, the stories that accompany every incident in the long years of the feud are many and varied.

I’m from Northeastern Ohio rather than Appalachian Kentucky or West Virginia, but there’s little rhyme or reason to what subjects interest me when I’m looking for a book, and specialized history b I remember a kid in grade school named David McCoy who told me all about how his family came from the McCoys of the Hatfield and McCoy feud.

The writing was good, and so was: A detailed account of the Hatfield and McCoy families tracing the famous feud, its causes and casualties. I was disappointed that the story ended on page and another hundred pages is basically filler. I was actually glad when the akther of the feud was over, just fed I knew I didn’t have to strain my brain anymore. The result is a great story with added commentary that, for this reader, raised my skepticism about the apparent objectivity of the author.

I’m from Northeastern Ohio rather than Appalachian Kentucky or West Fed, but there’s little rhyme altehr reason to what subjects interest me when I’m looking for a book, and specialized history books are a particular favorite.

Jun 03, Wesley Roth rated it liked it. The author relied on secondary sources, court documents, but she also relied on an extensive amount of oral history. Costner is always entertaining if you give him a horse and gun. Since I haven’t read other attempts to write the bood of the feud, I can’t say where this one falls. Lists with This Book.


You can understand why a McCoy might describe an encounter one way, a Hatfield might describe it another way and; if law enforcement or the press lias involved, there might be other versions still. The author obviously did a lot of research.

I did not find any of these chapters to be remotely enlightening and actually find some of it to be offensive. Unfortunately, the beginning of the book is much better than the remainder.

Lisa Alther: Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys

I think Montagus and Capulets are nothing compared to the gun-toting, moonshine-stilling, Hatfields and McCoys, who feuded during 19th century. Still, this exotic bit of American history is intriguing. While there is some favor to the McCoys, the book does try for a even handed account.

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? The book is a good overview to the feud, and not confusing at all – this is a feat considering how people had the same names. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But this material also demonstrates the authors own bias from her vantage point in the twenty-first century.

Lost America Rauf, Don Price: Of course, if you are a Hatfield or a McCoy, this should be required reading.