Their Ancient Grudge by Harry Harrison Kroll

Their Ancient GrudgeJust finished reading this, and boy, is it depressing. Haha. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fascinating read and a must for any American history buff. This story of the Hatfields and McCoys is compelling reading because it provides some of the most intricate stories compiled from both tight-lipped and intimidating families.

It’s the women who are highlighted in this book, since they also bear the heaviest weight. They’re treated like absolute garbage within their own families, they slave away and love their families unconditionally, yet they’re considered next to worthless by their husbands and kids. There are no winners in this bitter feud, only casualties. While the men in the families can find comfort at the bottom of a jug of whiskey, the women keep a stiff upper lip and carry on.

Their Ancient Grudge brings out the dusty old photographs and adds some color to these compelling and sometimes horrific real-life characters.

Reviewed by JP

 

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