The Last Gunfight, or the O.K. Corral Revisited
The infamous afternoon showdown – with Wyatt Earp, two of his brothers, and Doc Holliday on one side and the Clanton gang on the other – is often shorthand for a confrontation between lawmen and bandits, justice and crime, good and evil, and for the moment the West was finally won
The truth, as Guinn points out in his book, The Last Gunfight, is more complex. Earp, often portrayed as a straight-shooting crimefighter, was a more ambiguous character: socially ambitious, status-hungry, and sometimes self-mythologizing – a man who needed a high-profile arrest or capture to help him win the upcoming election for sheriff of Cochise County.