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Publisher's Summary

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-19th-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.
©2011 Michael Wallis (P)2011 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"A readable and folksy account of the actual facts of Crockett's life." ( Library Journal)
Wallis’ examination of the man behind the myth is both well written and engrossing. ( Booklist)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 11-18-11

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Not fair for me to write about it -- I didn't finish it. It's a very adolescent book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Traditio on 07-07-18

Wallis book great reading

I often wonder---why did Crockett and the brave men who decided to stay and defend the Alamo think they could beat the Mexicans ... they had 200 vs the Mexicans over 3000?? Also... the de la Pena account of the death of Crockett has been debunked from when Wallis wrote the book!!!! De la Pena was afraid

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