David Crockett

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David Crockett

The Lion of the West

By Michael Wallis

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393067583, 380pp.

Publication Date: May 16, 2011

Description
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.


About the Author
Wilma Mankiller was Chief of the Cherokee Nation for over ten years. She lives in Oklahoma.
Michael Wallis is an award-winning historian of the Old West and author of "Route 66: The Mother Road."