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  • David Crockett: The Lion of the West

  • By: Michael Wallis
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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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

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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