I found this to be classic also. Yes, the author takes a rather adoring view of Earp and obviously pretty much believes whatever Earp and his relatives tell him. Yes, some of the incidents are described in such detail that you can tell the author simply wrote exactly what he was told. For instance it is doubtful anyone, including Wyatt and other participants, knows the exact order in which 17 gunshots by each side of the OK Corral combatants were shot. But, it was an epic era and Earp is a huge part of Americana, and the writer seems fascinated with him personally as well. There is a forward by Loren Estleman on this republished edition which makes a little apology but still expresses admiration for the depth of research and for the broad sweep this book achieves. There is detail on many of Earp's much less glamorous activities like running a freight line and hauling wood. Needless to say, I liked it!
A classic book written about a facinating person. Lake (the author) knew and interviewed Wyatt Earp several times during Earps lifetime. Even though Lake glorifies Earp a bit to much this book is a must read if you have any interest in the Old West, lawmen, outlaws and law and order.
Considering the exciting life this man led, this book is pretty dull and the writing is dry. A disappointment.
I found this to be interesting enough, but so extreme as to be beyond belief. I still wonder what REALLY went on back then.