|Publisher:||W W Norton & Co Inc|
|Publish Date:||Apr 2012|
|Number of Pages:||380|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.7|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.0 x 8.5 x 1.0|
Captivated as a child by the mythical Davy Crockett as presented by Walt Disney during the 1950's, Wallis (Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd) endeavors here to find the man behind the myth; he notes that Crockett always referred to himself in writing as David, but his mission is not specifically to debunk the mythology that surrounded Crockett so much as to present a readable and folksy account of the actual facts of Crockett's life.
This is not an academic study that contextualizes Crockett in relation to many of his contemporaries or explores the milieu in which he thrived. Like Daniel Boone, Crockett was viewed as the quintessential frontiersman, but historians seem to have shied away from Crockett since a Mexican diary revealed in the 1970s that he did not die in the heat of battle at the Alamo but was instead executed as a prisoner. Wallis concludes by arguing that we should celebrate Crockett for how he lived.
Verdict: Lay readers will enjoy this biography, and if it leads them to want to learn more about Boone as well, they will enjoy Robert Morgan's Boone: A Biography.
-John Burch, Campbellsville Univ. Lib., KY
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Popular culture transformedhis memory into Davy Crockett, and Hollywood gave him a raccoon hat he hardlyever wore. In this surprising New York Times bestseller, historian Michael Wallis has cast a freshlook at the flesh-and-blood man behind one of the most celebrated figures in American history. More than a riveting story, Wallis’s David Crockett is a revelatory, authoritative biography thatseparates fact from fiction and provides us with an extraordinary evocation ofnot only a true American hero but also the rough-and-tumble times in which helived.
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