American Legend: The Real-life Adventures of David Crockett

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G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 339 pages
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The new popular biography of one of America's most enduring symbols of the Old West.


David Crockett was an adventurer, a pioneer, and a tragic hero who died at the Alamo. But the life of the real Crockett has been largely obscured and overshadowed by his mythology, turning this honest, unassuming backwoodsman into a larger-than-life, Disney-fied character in a coonskin cap.

In his short but distinguished lifetime, Crockett became America's original celebrity, frequently written about in newspapers and becoming an integral part of the folklore of his day. Opportunistic and clever, and presciently media-savvy, Crockett parlayed his humble origins to his advantage, using his charismatic frontiersman persona to win elections as a three-time U.S. Congressman and even a nomination as presidential candidate. The 1834 publication of his memoir, A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett-by Himself, one of the first autobiographies of its kind, went through seven printings, and sent Crockett on the first-ever book tour across the Eastern seaboard.

At heart, Crockett was unassuming and down-to-earth, obstinate and independent to a fault. In a beautifully descriptive narrative, American Legend takes readers from Crockett's childhood hardships, near-death experiences, and meager education through his unlikely rise to Congress. Though his death at the Alamo on March 6, 1836, only added to his considerable fame and notoriety, the common David Crockett emerges here as never before: a rugged individual, an American original, and an enduring symbol of the American frontier.

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Review: American Legend: The Real-Life Adventures of David Crockett

User Review  - Louise - Goodreads

Once you read this, you'll understand that Davy Crockett was not a man of much accomplishment. Like celebrities of today, he was famous for being famous. In fact, he was probably America's first media ... Read full review

Review: American Legend: The Real-Life Adventures of David Crockett

User Review  - Charles - Goodreads

David Crockett was born on August 17, 1786 in present day Greene County east of Knoxville Tennessee, and died on March 6, 1836. During this time period and before his birth the pioneers were fighting ... Read full review

Contents

two Runaway
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four My Dander Was Up
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five Mounted Gunman
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About the author (2005)

BUDDY LEVY is a writer and avid outdoorsman who teaches at Washington State University.

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