The Feud by Dean King audiobook

The Feud: The Hatfields & McCoys: The True Story

By Dean King
Read by Dan Woren

By Dean King
Read by Dan Woren

Hachette Book Group

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Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781478977261

  • ISBN: 9781619699373

  • ISBN: 9781619699397

Runtime: 12.05 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

For more 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 more 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“King’s entertaining chronicle sheds new light on a legendary chapter in American history.” Publishers Weekly
“One of the most absorbing and satisfying books to come out in a very long time… King has a lovely and vibrant sense of history and an unusual talent for evoking the past—its essence as well as the smells, sights, and sounds… a marvelous account of fortitude and faith.” San Francisco Chronicle
“An informed account—both reasoned and reasonable—of the irrational.” Kirkus Reviews
“A riveting yet nuanced retelling.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Dean King

Author Bio: Dean King

Dean King is the bestselling author of Skeletons on the Zahara, Unbound, and the definitive biography of Patrick O’Brian. He has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Outside, Men’s Journal, Garden & Gun, and Granta. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, Playaway
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 12.05
Audience: Adult
Language: English