David Crockett

David Crockett

The Lion of the West

Book - 2011
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His name was David Crockett. He never signed his name any other way, but popular culture transformed his memory into "Davy Crockett," and Hollywood gave him a raccoon hat he hardly ever wore. Best-selling historian Michael Wallis casts a fresh look at the frontiersman, storyteller, and politician behind these legendary stories. Born into a humble Tennessee family in 1786, Crockett never "killed him a b'ar" when he was only three. But he did cut a huge swath across early-nineteenth-century America--as a bear hunter, a frontier explorer, a soldier serving under Andrew Jackson, an unlikely congressman, and, finally, a martyr in his now-controversial death at the Alamo. Wallis's David Crockett is more than a riveting story. It is a revelatory, authoritative biography that separates fact from fiction, providing us with an extraordinary evocation of a true American hero and the rough-and-tumble times in which he lived.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, [2011]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780393067583
Characteristics: xviii, 380 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits, facsimiles ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Lion of the West

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Nov 19, 2012

An interesting read, especially because of the later mythologizing that happened to the man's reputation.

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