Book review: 'Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life' goes past the cowboy's Hollywood image

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  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Aug. 16, 2014 8:09 p.m.

    This is an important story that needs to be told. Wyatt Earp was not afraid to stand up for what is right, even if it meant exposing himself to harm.

    Earp made his most famous stand against evil not long after the Civil War. Earp knew that  Abraham Lincoln was absolutely correct when he said "Whenever the vicious portion of the population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision stores, throw printing presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure, and with impunity; depend on it, this government cannot last."

    If Earp and his brothers, and other men like them, had not stood up against lawless thugs, the West would likely have fallen into anarchy. Hopefully, modern day men will rise up and honor the tradition established by Earp.