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Tombstone with Tom Clavin


There is something about the Old West that calls to the American heart. There is something about life on the wild frontier that is still compelling a century and a half later. Maybe its all the Louis L'Amour novels and Clint Eastwood movies that romanticize the cowboy era in popular culture.

One legendary town that has become synonymous with the Old West is Tombstone. My guest today is bestselling author Tom Clavin who joins me talk about his book "Tombstone: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell." Today Tom and I unpack the story of a frontier boomtown that is so much more than its famous shootout at the O.K. Corral. We discuss the first settlement of Arizona Territory, the lives of the Earp Brothers and Doc Holliday, what frontier law looked like, and how Tombstone was caught up in the transition from the chaotic Old West to the more orderly New West.

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