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Doc by Mary Doria Russell
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Jun 04, 2011

really liked it

A very sympathetic portrayal of John Henry Holliday according to other bios I've just read. But what a character Doc was and what a tragic life! Reading this very well written novel has altered my view on the 'wild west' which continues to this day in AZ. If the OK Corral shootout had not occurred, Doc and the Earps would not have achieved their notoriety and would have just gone down in history as characters who helped shaped Dodge City. The novel brings home the tragedy of tuberculosis in addition to the tragic lives of so many women who were forced to become prostitutes just to survive. The novel has sparked my interest to learn more about these historic times.
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