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To ask other readers questions about Blood Feudplease sign up. Odd mix of the author’s personal views and family connection to the McCoys, rehashing of the Hatfield-McCoy feud chronology, followed by analysis of other Appalachian feuds. The blpod includes description of other feuds in the area; some far more bloody but which did not receive the attention in the national press that was given to the Hatfield-McCoy feud.

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

Apr 18, Florence rated it liked it. Lbood 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.

This book provided valuable information served up with great storytelling and a dash of humor. I appreciated her occasional bits of gallows humor, much eeded when dealing with such a dark subject.

It also didn’t help when the author went off into a genealogical history of her own family. Fueled by moonshine, a legacy of violent exploits, a lack of restraint and education, both wlther suffered violent losses. Nov 22, Katherine Addison rated it it was ok Shelves: Hearsay is not evidence.

As the author herself notes, “Couples typically named their first son after his paternal grandfather, and they often named later sons after favorite brothers or uncles or maternal grandfathers.


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.

This is evidenced by her several successful novels. The book starts strong and there is a lot lksa good information and it appears to be well researched.

Lists with This Book. I would suggest this book to anyone who is interested in Appalachia or the period directly following the Civil war in America. I am re-examining the competitive spirit of While I enjoyed the back stories of Abner Vance and the border wars during the War Between the States and England and Scotland, as well as the presentation of the borderland folkways, I felt as if the author’s true purpose was in her attempt to lay her fear of the Cumberlands with her ancestry.

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. Alther, the author, has some connection with the feud in her ancestry and grew up in the mountains not too far from where the historic feuding took place.

Notably, the subtitle for the book includes the words “Epic Story” as a sign of what the reader should expect. Jul 01, Dennis Goshorn rated it it was ok Shelves: To althdr that the women at the time got pregnant as a way to relieve their boredom is ludicrous at best. Both sides told radically different stories for each feud event. Its legend continues to have an enormous impact on the popular imagination and the region. I won’t say I didn’t get anything out of this book, because I understand the back story a little better, and I learned some interesting things about the historic fedu culture, but I’m not sure I would recommend it to anyone else.


Like most people I had a limited awareness of the story of the Hatfields and the McCoys before reading this book. Altjer, this exotic bit of American history is intriguing. The only thing that could be agreed upon was the body count. I had heard the caricaturized and stereotyped, cartoon-like version althe the feud. And considering Alther’s conenctions to the McCoys, it isn’t really surprising that the Hatfields don’t look to good. Jul 02, Sarah rated it liked it. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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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. Here is a fascinating new look at the infamous story of the Hatfields and the McCoys.

I would encourage others interested in The Feud to pick up a copy. The second 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. Meanwhile, ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield went on lisaa be some sort of hillbilly superstar, himself appeared in a film.