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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (215 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Wallis Narrator: John Pruden Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Bestselling 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. Download and start listening now!


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  • A readable and folksy account of the actual facts of Crockett's life. Library Journal

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rick Hautala | 2/18/2014

    " History the way it should be written (other than saying the American Revolution ended with the Battle of Saratoga) ... clear, concise, and one-hundred percent interesting ... Good stuff that dispels myths and makes the real human being even more interesting than the myths ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie Stevenson | 2/16/2014

    " Great for American history geeks! Really informative not only about David Crockett, but of the times he lived in. I really enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Donnie Edgemon | 1/21/2014

    " Wallis claimed to write this as an exposure of the real Davy Crockett, bursting through the folklore to discover the fallible human. A lot of biographers make such claims because they need new approaches to historical subjects to market to publishers. I liked this biography, but not because of any assault on Crockett's legacy. It turns out that Davy Crockett was larger than life. No, he didn't kill a bear when he was three, and no he didn't live under a coonskin cap, nobody really knows for sure how he died at the Alamo, and he had human fallibilities. That doesn't matter, though, because people know the difference between the Disney hero and any real person. Davy Crockett was a real person, and led a life that fit his time but was exciting enough to make him famous within it and beyond. Wallis covered Crockett's entire life in a nice little book that is a quick read. It's not particularly insightful, and borrows heavily from other Crockett biographies, including his autobiography. If you have an interest in Crockett or the early 19th century American frontier, Wallis's work is a worthwhile breeze. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jarrod | 1/13/2014

    " This book does a really great job of setting straight some of the mythical aspects of Crockett's life and bringing to light some of the things one might never otherwise learn about him, like his financial struggles and his political career. Very fascinating book, well written. "

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