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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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Return to Book Page. Preview — Blood Feud by Lisa Alther. But Southern grudges run long and deep. More than a decade later tempers flared over stolen hogs.
Its legend continues to have an enormous impact on the popular imagination and the people of the region. Here is a fascinating new look at the infamous story of the Hatfields and the McCoys. Hardcoverpages. Published May 22nd by Lyons Press first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Blood Feudplease sign up.
Lists with This Book. Costner is always entertaining if you give him a horse and gun. Much to my surprise, I actually liked it Costner aside, it was the History channel. The writing was good, and so was: I didn’t veud much about the feud. I could tell that the His Really a 3. I could tell that the History Channel mini-series was a blpod in favor of the Hatfields, so I decided to read this book.
It should be noted, and Alther herself notes this to a degree, that the book does make use lisw testimony and family lore.
And considering Alther’s conenctions to the McCoys, it isn’t really surprising that the Hatfields don’t look to good. Even taking a bias into an account, Devil Anse does not sound like a father I would want. Though I getting a story about Cap Hatfield torturing animals from a McCoy descendent does make one question the alfher truth.
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. While there is some favor to the McCoys, the book does try for a even handed account. While Alther does go slightly off topic in sections, I found the connection of the feud to some of the more recent history in the area as well as the connection to industrialization to be rather interesting.
If you liked the series or want to know more about feud, this book is a good read. Dec 26, Denise rated it did not like it. I feel as though giving this book one star is generous. I cannot begin to describe how disappointed I was in this book.
I had such high hopes since it is such an interesting subject matter but it failed to deliver.
The first part of the book deals with the actual history of the feud and describes those involved as well as the events.
I found it very difficult to keep xlther of those involved especially since so many of them had the same or similar names. There is supposedly a family tree on the in I feel as though giving this book one star is generous.
There is supposedly a family tree on the inside cover of the book but, as my copy blooe a library book, I could not access it. It may have been helpful but that wasn’t my main problem with this section of the book.
I thought the author’s tone was just wrong and blodo not appreciate her attempts at humor which I thought was wildly inappropriate given the subject matter.
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. The alhter half of the book includes supposed analysis of other feuds in the area at the same time, mention of the survivors of this feud, and three chapters that supposedly gave insight into both the area and the people of the time.
I did lksa find any of these chapters to be remotely enlightening and actually find some of it to be offensive. To imply that the women at the time got pregnant as a way to relieve their boredom is ludicrous at best.
Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance
To be honest, I have no idea what the author was trying to convey with this book. All in all, I felt as though I was reading a poorly written college thesis and would give it a C if I was feeling generous. I definitely would not recommend this book. View all 4 comments. Nov 22, Katherine Addison rated it alrher was ok Shelves: Hearsay is not evidence. Jul 02, Sarah rated it liked it. Interesting topic but the book is weakly constructed — it reads more like a college term paper than a historical book.
Odd mix of the author’s personal views and family connection to the Fdud, rehashing of the Hatfield-McCoy feud llsa, followed by analysis of other Appalachian feuds. I really don’t like purported history books full of bloos with snarky editorial comments, but you will find several of those here. Jun 10, Brandon rated it liked it Shelves: I wanted to give this book four stars, but I felt some of the information added at the end was superfluous.
After covering the feud, the author discusses some other topics.
I enjoyed the chapter on other feuds and wanted more of that. Her discussion of possible reasons for the feud was also superb, and her look at Appalachian culture was interesting. Some of the material on her own genealogy was relevant, but some seemed to drag on a bit, and the author seemed to repeat herself at times.
Having I wanted to give this book four stars, but I felt some of the information added at the end was superfluous. As Alther points out, no one can know what “really” happened in some cases, since there are differing, biased accounts of several events, but she has obviously bloof well.
The result is a strong, thorough overview of the feud that takes into account the perspectives of several different researchers, historians, and descendants of the feudists.
bloof Apr 18, Florence rated it liked it. You will need a genealogical chart to follow the events in this book. Alther not only reports the bloody fued events as accurately as she can – she also analyzes the effect their publicity has had on the people of Appalachia.
Known thereafter as ignorant hillbillies arguably accurate in many casesthe stereotype stayed with the mountain people from the post civil war years up until You will need a genealogical chart to follow the events in this book.
Known thereafter as ignorant bloov arguably accurate in many casesthe stereotype stayed with the mountain people from the post civil war years althher until the present day. Some of the McCoys and their allies served the Union cause. Many of the Hatfields were loyal to the confederacy. Fueled by moonshine, a legacy of violent exploits, a lack of restraint and education, both sides suffered violent losses. No one really knows the details of what happenned. Each side lisx the feud lays claim to its own version of events.
Still, this exotic bit of American history is intriguing.
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View all 6 comments. Jul 08, Claudia rated it really liked it. My husband’s family descended from James McCoy. This book provided valuable information served up with great storytelling and a dash of bloo. The inclusion of information about other feuds during the same period was interesting as were the chapters on the aftermath and the selling of the story by Hollywood.
I would suggest this book to anyone who is interested in Appalachia or the period directly following th My husband’s family descended from James McCoy. I would suggest this book to anyone who is interested in Appalachia or the period directly following the Civil war in America.
Of course, if you are a Hatfield or a McCoy, this should be required reading. It will clear up any misconceptions one might have as to the start, middle or end of the feud. Alther provides in depth character studies of the main players and dispels any misconception that this was a Romeo and Juliet story. Oct 19, Jeff Wlther rated it really liked it Shelves: Just stop reading after Chapter Author Lisa Alther sifts through often contradictory folklore to give us as close to an accurate account of the Hatfield-McCoy feud as is ever likely to be written.
The task is not easy. Documentation regarding the origins and events of the feud are hard to come by and, of what is available, much is besmirched by bias — depending upon whether the author of the material was more inclined lisq the Hatfield or the McCoy side of things or, j A great book! Documentation regarding the origins and events of the feud are hard to come by and, of what is available, much is besmirched by bias — depending upon whether the author of the material was more inclined toward the Hatfield or the McCoy side of things or, just as likely, was from an area outside Appalachia, and had more to gain from sensationalizing hillbilly stereotypes than in portraying the objective truth.
Chapter 12, which lists other great family feuds of the region, provides some much needed perspective on the conflict, noting that the Hatfield-McCoy feud blod neither the longest nor bloodiest feud in the region — but it is perhaps the best known because of the larger-than-life personality of the Hatfield clan leader, Devil Anse, and because the media of the time gave the conflict plenty of purple prose coverage.
This is a book that is easily devoured, well-written and engaging, replete with interesting history … … at least until Chapter After that, the narrative rapidly transitions into preachy sociology and heads right on toward diatribe. The evils of guns and alcohol are prominent and, while firearms and whisky and certainly poverty contributed bloodd the out-of-control violence of the feud — the prose is by this time so heavy-handed, that the reader feels lectured.
It took me three times as long to read the last three chapters of this book as it did the first twelve and, by the time we get to the last chapter, entitled ugh! I hate to be harsh, but the first twelve chapters of the book are oh-so-good. Jul 01, Dennis Goshorn rated it it was ok Shelves: