For more than a century, the long-running feud between the Hatfield and McCoy families in rural Appalachia has epitomized ingrained hatred and violent confrontation. Dean King, an advisor to the History Channel dramatization of the feud, here chronicles the families' history in unprecedented depth. He begins in the mid-19th century, when the Hatfields and McCoys lived on the Kentucky-West Virginia border as established and influential landowners. They had intermarried and worked together for decades in relative harmony, until the Civil War forced family members to choose sides, creating animosities that continued long after the war.
"King's well-researched narrative confidently separates hearsay from fact, and bulges with bloody set pieces and visceral family passions which exploded into savage fighting that went on for nearly a decade."—Boston Globe