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Jan 07, Pamela Aidan rated it liked it.

Blpod allows many currents to deepen her story without losing a sense of the fateful whole. The evils of guns and alcohol are prominent and, while firearms and whisky and certainly poverty contributed to the out-of-control violence of the feud — the prose is by this time so heavy-handed, that the reader feels lectured. View all 4 comments. The author does not end there but continues with some psychologizing about the possible reasons for the violent behavior of these particular clans and adds a chapter on altger personal family history that is indirectly connected to the main story.

Alther’s idea that you “inherit the psychic fallout from traumas endured during their lifetimes,” has certainly provided lively discussion around our table. I understand that some things have to be changed and condensed, but they deviated from the history too much for my liking; but, lksa again, the History Channel is a disappointment to begin with— Pawn Stars?

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 blopd David McCoy who told me all about how his family came from the McCoys of the Hatfield and McCoy feud.

You get info on the feud, ilsa commentary with this book.

I had such high hopes since it is such an interesting subject matter but it failed to deliver. Aside from the loss of life and the hardships visited upon the innocent, the other sorrowful aspect of the Hatfield and McCoy feud is that exaggeration sells newspapers, and the press of the time created the image of the violent, unpredictable, and ignorant hillbilly which sadly survives to this day.

It also didn’t help when the author went off into a genealogical history of her own family. Story is insteresting but not enough to keep my attention for more than 20 pages at a time, so I am reading it bit by bit. Jun 03, Wesley Roth rated it liked it. More than a decade later tempers flared over stolen hogs.

Blood Feud

Interesting read, although nobody will really know the truth. Oct 15, Nicole Maxim rated it really liked it. It was a really dry book to read.


I cannot begin to describe how disappointed I was in this book.

Lisa Alther: Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys

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. Exacting vigilante vengeance, a group of Hatfields tied them up and shot them dead.

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’m glad I read the book and did learn some things. You can understand why a McCoy might describe an encounter Although this book is written by a distant descendant of the McCoy family, it does not suffer from partisanship that other books on this feud written by descendants suffer from.

I had heard the caricaturized and stereotyped, cartoon-like version of the feud. It may have been helpful but that wasn’t my main problem with this section of the book. Jun 01, Emily rated it really liked it. It’s a well written take on what is, for many people, a very different world, even if it is in the same country. I definitely would not recommend this book. Paul “Alther’s book is well researched … a fever dream of bloody revenge and forbidden romance deep in the mountains.

While there is some favor to the McCoys, the book does try for a even handed account. Guns were blazing, people were killed indiscriminately, all because of popularly claimed the stealing of a hog, although the author pointed out that the bad blood had already run before that with the murder of Harmon McCoy on the hands of Jim Vance. For this story was one in which many of the participants were near-illiterates at best and the closest chroniclers were often tainted by family connections to one or the other side in the feud.

The rest consists of the author’s clumsy but occasionally interesting analysis of the causes and effects of the feud, analysis which consists of throwing multiple explanations at the wall to see what sticks. 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 books are a particular favorite.

Interesting topic but the book is weakly constructed — it reads more like a college term paper than a historical book. Add to that the varying accounts of what actually happened, and I found my head spinning.

Some of the McCoys and their allies served the Union cause. The epic story is just that although it takes less than half the book to tell it. I didn’t know much about the feud. I was born in West Virginia from a family which still proudly calls themselves hillbillies and lives far in the backwoods, and I can tell you that my family are deeply ethical people, eager to get the best education available to them, and the stereotype promulgated by the press over a hundred years ago is deeply offensive to me.


Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance

I’d recommend the book to anyone with a passing interest in the feud and some decent critical thinking skills to counteract the occasional bias. A photo shows a young man with very dark hair and eyes, and a full mustache. 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.

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So now both feudists and bounty hunters roamed the hills, often shooting at anything that moved. Perhaps that is a good thing for anyone reading fictional non-fiction. 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.

Though I getting a story alfher Cap Hatfield torturing animals from a McCoy descendent does make one question the story’s truth. The author chose to write about this subject as an exploration of what she considers a dual society in Tennessee and also the Tug Fork Region.

It was interesting to read about the other feuds that went on that was never made public. With a charming voice, a wonderfully dry sense of humor, and an abiding gift for spinning a yarn, bestselling author Lisa Alther makes an impartial, comprehensive, and compelling investigation of what happened, masterfully setting the feud in its historical and cultural contexts, digging deep into the many causes and explanations of the fighting, and revealing surprising alliances and entanglements.

Blood Feud by Lisa Alther

Her family is related by marriage both to the McCoys and the Hatfields. Alrher considering Alther’s conenctions to the McCoys, it isn’t really surprising that the Hatfields don’t look to good. Ffud recommended to, well, anyone. About Alther, Lisa Lisa Alther was born in the Appalachian town of Kingsport, Tennessee, and is the author of six bestselling novels, which have appeared in fifteen languages and sold over 6 million copies worldwide.

Since I haven’t read other attempts to write the history of the feud, I can’t say where this one falls.