Wyatt Earp Speaks

My Side of the O.K. Corral Shootout,
Plus Interviews with Doc Holliday

Written by Wyatt Earp

(Edited by, with introductions and footnotes by John Richard Stephens.)

Wyatt Earp Speaks cover

Fern Canyon Press, Cambria Pines by the Sea, CA, 1998, hardcover and softcover.
Fern Canyon Press, Maui, HI, 2013, expanded edition, ebook.

Wyatt Earp Speaks

Fall River Press (Barnes & Noble Publishing), New York City, 2009 first version and 2015 second version, both slightly shorter than the original edition, hardcover.

Legendary lawman Wyatt Earp entered Wild West history with his guns blazing and people have been fighting about him ever since. His exploits have become so distorted by many books and movies that, chances are, almost everything you know about Wyatt Earp and the O.K. Corral Gunfight is wrong. Over the years so much has been made up about what happened that the truth is now deeply buried under a pile of distortions, faulty inferences, embellishments, and outright lies.

For the first time ever, Wyatt Earp's writings, court testimony, newspaper interviews and other hard-to-find items from contemporary sources are brought together in this collection. Wyatt Earp himself explains his side of the gunfight near the O.K. Corral and his experiences as a frontier lawman in Tombstone and Dodge City.

This unique book also includes several interviews with Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson's tributes to Wyatt and Doc, a shot-by-shot reconstruction of the famous gunfight with diagrams, and is lavishly illustrated with maps, drawings and photographs.

Now find out what really happened at the infamous gunfight near the O.K. Corral--which was one of the largest shootouts in Wild West history--and what life was like in the lawless wilds in and around Tombstone, Arizona. In this wonderful source-book, discover what Wyatt and Doc had to say about the events that made them famous.

"One day six of the cowboys came into town and proposed to run it. The Earps were informed of their doings and they invited me to go over to where the cowboys were. One of the Earps said, 'Throw up your hands; we have come to disarm you.' Instead of putting up their paws they put up their revolvers and began firing."
                      --Doc Holliday

The Tombstone Epitaph says, "The words of a western legend speak from beyond the grave through antique letters and articles."

Book and Magazine Collector says, "...Wyatt Earp Speaks contained yet more fascinating primary material, together with an expert commentary by John Richard Stephens."