You’ve heard of the Hatfield-McCoy feud. We all have. It’s as American as apple pie and hating Nazis (and not just the ones from Illinois). Last night at the Burns Club of Atlanta I got the chance to meet author Dean King and to hear him speak about his new book The Feud: The Hatfields & McCoys, the True Story. This story might be old, but it turns out that there is a lot I didn’t know, and that I bet you didn’t either. Dean’s book brings the feud to life with facts and moments that blew my mind. For instance, I had no idea that Devil Anse Hatfield, patriarch of the Hatfield family, was so wealthy that his gravestone includes a life size Italian marble statue of himself. Dean also brings the land to life, showing how the landscape impacted the feud and the people who fought it. It’s a very well rounded book, more so than any other I’m aware of.
Dean’s a good guy too. I really enjoyed meeting him. Not only are we both lacrosse players, but we have both worked in print and film. It’s always fun meeting someone who knows how fun this business is, and how hard it can be. Dean’s awesome, and his book is too. Check it out.