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David Crockett : The Lion of the West - Michael Wallis

David Crockett

The Lion of the West

Hardcover Published: 16th May 2011
ISBN: 9780393067583
Number Of Pages: 320

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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.

About the Author

Michael Wallis is the bestselling author of Route 66 and Billy the Kid

"Wallis' examination of the man behind the myth is both well written and engrossing." -- Booklist "Michael Wallis is the master frontier story teller, having chronicled everything from Billy the Kid to Highway 66. Now he's told the tale of the real David Crockett as distinguished from the mostly mythical one. Davy (with a show biz "y") Crockett did, in fact, die at The Alamo but he did not kill a bear when he was only three or wear a coonskin cap except in publicity photographs. That's just for starters. But the truth has a way of being more interesting than the made-up, most particularly when in the talented writing mind and hands of Michael Wallis." -- Jim Lehrer "Like Crockett himself [Wallis] is a storyteller. The man who emerges from these pages is vivid, comprehensible, and, in the main, historically reliable. On a subject that has come to be dominated by acrimonious debate and posturing, such serenity has a lot to recommend it." -- Texas Monthly

Personal Introductionp. xi
Prefacep. xvii
ôKilt Him a B'aröp. 5
Born on a Riverbank in Franklinp. 10
The Crocketts Arrivep. 16
Over the Mountainp. 22
On the Nolichuckyp. 29
A Boy's Learningp. 38
Coming of Agep. 45
The Odysseyp. 51
Rise Abovep. 59
Lovesickp. 65
Pollyp. 71
Finley's Gapp. 78
Kentuckp. 89
ôRemember Fort Mimsöp. 98
ôWe Shot Them Like Dogsöp. 105
Riding with Sharp Knifep. 114
ôRoot Hog or Dieöp. 119
Cabin Feverp. 129
A Tincture of Luckp. 136
ôItchy Footedöp. 145
ôNatural Born Senseöp. 151
Gentleman from the Canep. 157
Land of the Shakesp. 165
In the Eye of a ôHarricaneöp. 173
A Fool for Luckp. 182
Big Timep. 191
ôThe Victory Is Oursöp. 197
Man without a Partyp. 209
Trails of Tearsp. 217
Lion of the Westp. 227
Bear-Bit Lionp. 236
Go Aheadp. 244
Just a Matter of Timep. 253
Gone to Texasp. 263
Time of the Cometp. 277
El Alamop. 289
Acknowledgmentsp. 307
Notesp. 313
Bibliographyp. 351
Indexp. 365
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ISBN: 9780393067583
ISBN-10: 0393067580
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 16th May 2011
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 16.5  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 1