The Hatfields and McCoys the True Story
Nearly every American has heard of the Hatfields and the McCoys and their infamous feud, yet almost nobody knows the truth of this legendarily violent and influential clash in the heart of Appalachia. Contrary to popular belief, this wasn’t just a matter of two hillbilly families taking potshots at each other: the Hatfields and McCoys were well-established landowners, who had intermarried and interacted for decades. But after the Civil War, things turned bloody. By the time the fury subsided, 13 family members lay dead, and the hostilities had become a national media spectacle as state officials and the United States Supreme Court were drawn into the grisly dispute.
Filled with brutal murders, clannish loyalty, reckless affairs, mercenaries, and gun-slinging lawmen, The Feud is the riveting
“A fast-paced…fascinating and lurid tale.” –Publisher’s Weekly “An outstanding reexamination of a mythic…and savage story.” –Booklist “An informed account—both reasoned and reasonable—of the irrational.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Rivetting yet nuanced. Highly recommended.” –Library Journal