The legend of Wyatt Earp


    Guest:  Andrew Isenberg
    In film and on television, Wyatt Earp has been portrayed as a heroic lawman of the American Wild West.  But, according to our guest, Temple historian ANDREW ISENBERG, there’s more fiction than fact in those depictions. Earp, he has found, was an ambitious, hot-headed “drifter and grafter” who often lived on the wrong side of the law as a saloonkeeper, gambler, gunslinger, and even a horse thief. .  In his new book, Wyatt Earp:  A Vigilante’s Life, Isenberg tells the real story of Wyatt Earp and how he helped recreate his image as an American legend.

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