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For more than a century, the enduring feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys has been American shorthand for passionate, unyielding, and even violent confrontation. Yet despite numerous articles, books, television shows, and feature films, nobody has ever told the in-depth true story of this legendarily fierce-and far-reaching-clash in the heart of Appalachia. Drawing upon years of original research, including the discovery of previously lost and ignored documents and interviews with relatives of both families, author Dean King finally gives us the full, unvarnished tale—one vastly more enthralling than the myth.

Unlike previous accounts, King’s begins in the mid-nineteenth century, when the Hatfields and McCoys lived side-by-side in relative harmony. Theirs was a hardscrabble life of farming and hunting, timbering and moonshining—and raising large and boisterous families—in the rugged hollows and hills of Virginia and Kentucky. Cut off from much of the outside world, these descendants of Scots-Irish and English pioneers spoke a language many Americans would find hard to understand. Yet contrary to popular belief, the Hatfields and McCoys were established and influential landowners who had intermarried and worked together for decades.

When the Civil War came, and the outside world crashed into their lives, family members were forced to choose sides. After the war, the lines that had been drawn remained—and the violence not only lived on but became personal. By the time the fury finally subsided, a dozen family members would be in the grave. The hostilities grew to be a national spectacle, and the cycle of killing, kidnapping, stalking by bounty hunters, and skirmishing between governors spawned a legal battle that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court and still influences us today.

Filled with bitter quarrels, reckless affairs, treacherous betrayals, relentless mercenaries, and courageous detectives, The Feud is the riveting story of two frontier families struggling for survival within the narrow confines of an unforgiving land. It is a formative American tale, and in it, we see the reflection of our own family bonds and the lengths to which we might go in order to defend our honor, our loyalties, and our livelihood.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dean King, an elegant and adventurous writer, has dug through the encrusted layers of lore and atmospherics to understand the rich context behind this tragic and fascinating clash of families. The result is a work of American history that spans state lines and generations—and resonates powerfully today.”

    Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of Hellhound on His Trail

  • Dean King has brought to life one of the great true-life adventure stories-a riveting tale of suffering and redemption. Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea and Sea of Glory
  • A page-turner. Washington Post Book World
  • It reads like a cross between Master and Commander and Lawrence of Arabia. People
  • One of the most absorbing and satisfying books to come out in a very long time...King has a lovely and vibrant sense of history and an unusual talent for evoking the past-its essence as well as the smells, sights, and sounds...a marvelous account of fortitude and faith. Martin Rubin, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Rousing, Page-turning...A whopper of an endurance story. Seattle Weekly
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  • “This expertly researched history provides a new and fresh chronicle of two families torn apart by war and betrayal. It will fascinate and surprise you.”

    Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of The Shoemaker’s Wife

  • “A fast-paced…fascinating and lurid tale. King’s entertaining chronicle sheds new light on a legendary chapter in American history.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A riveting yet nuanced…Engrossing…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Well-written, superbly researched…an outstanding reexamination of a mythic…and savage story.”

    Booklist

  • “An informed account-both reasoned and reasonable-of the irrational.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A masterpiece…The last word on the daddy of American feuds.”

    James Donovan, author of The Blood of Heroes 

  • “With a master storyteller’s talent for pacing, character and detail, Dean King transports us to the remote ridges and hollows of the West Virginia-Kentucky borderlands and into the lives of a people as rough-hewn as the landscape they inhabit, writing with such vividness you can smell the wood smoke and the gunpowder, the stink of the whiskey still, and the pungence of revenge.”

    James Campbell, author of The Final Frontiersman

  • “A thriller-like, in-depth look at a darkly iconic slice of Americana. Highly recommended.”

    Marc Leepson, author of Saving Monticello

  • “King reveals many new and pertinent insights into the characters, relationships and events of that turbulent time in American history.”

    Darrell Fetty, producer of the History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys miniseries

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