David Crockett: Hero of the Common Man

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Tom Doherty Associates, Feb 6, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages

Perhaps no other figure in American history is more shrouded in myth and legend than David ("Davy") Crockett, the Tennessee frontiersman whose death at the Alamo in 1836 ensured his place in the Valhalla of American heroes.
Crockett himself was responsible for much of the folklore about his life. A gregarious, fun-loving man, he was more than capable of spinning tall tales over a "horn" of liquor. The truth of his life, as William Groneman emphasizes in this book, was far more fascinating than the myth. David Crockett was a true self-made man who left home at the age of twelve. His adventures--hunting and exploring, serving as a soldier under Andrew Jackson in the Creek Indian War of 1813, a political career that took him to the United States Congress, an incessant search for "elbow room" that drew him to Texas-these were the real fabric of a heroic life.
In writing of the "historical Crockett," Groneman, a world authority on the Alamo and its defenders, dispels the myths to uncover the genuine hero. He writes at length of the defense of the Alamo, describes how Crockett's reputation and heroism have been tainted by revisionist historians, and presents new evidence that the Tennessean actually left the Alamo during the siege to bring in reinforcements. Although safely outside the walls, he fought his way back in to rejoin his friends for the final, fatal, battle.

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Hero or opportunist? Rebel or terrorist? Did he even own a coonskin cap? Davy Crockett was an enigma in his own age—and certainly the right man in the wrong place at the wrong time.Retired New York ... Read full review

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Longtime Crockett researcher Groneman cuts through the myth and legend to uncover as much as possible of the real Davy Crockett (1786-1836). What emerges is a fascinating look at a man who was a ... Read full review


Foreword by Dale L Walker Introduction
The Fifth
The Volunteer
The Gentleman from the Cane
Rebirth and Baptism
Congressman Crockett
The Lion of the West
Good Nonsense
With His Friends
The Alamo
Like a Hero
No More to Be Seen in the Walks of Men
The Sundering
The Symbol
Acknowledgments and Sources

Hell and Texas

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About the author (2007)

William Groneman III, at the time of his retirement, was the company commander of Engine Company 308 and worked at Ground Zero just hours after the attack on the world Trade Center on September 11, 2001. A longtime student of the battle of the Alamo he has written books and articles exploring some of the myths and misconceptions of it.

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