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David Crockett

The Lion of the West

Michael Wallis (Author)

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"Vivid, Comprehensible . . . cuts through decades of mythmaking." —Texas Monthly

Popular culture transformed his memory into “Davy Crockett,” and Hollywood gave him a raccoon hat he hardly ever wore. In this surprising New York Times bestseller, historian Michael Wallis has cast a fresh look at the flesh-and-blood man behind one of the most celebrated figures in American history. More than a riveting story, Wallis’s David Crockett is a revelatory, authoritative biography that separates fact from fiction and provides us with an extraordinary evocation of not only a true American hero but also the rough-and-tumble times in which he lived.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • April 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34227-7
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 400 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Highly entertaining.” — Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe

“Splendid . . . a readable and surprising biography.” — Allen Barra, Star Tribune

“Read like fiction . . . enhanced by flowing prose in portraying a flawed but fascinating frontiersman.” — Publishers Weekly

“Wallis understands the intriguing and mysterious element of American life and history.” — Stanley Crouch, New York Daily News

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