David Crockett by Michael Wallis
The Lion of the West

93%

11 Critic Reviews

An excellent study likely to tick off the hagiographers.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

"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.
 

About Michael Wallis

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Michael Wallis is the best-selling author of Route 66, Billy the Kid, Pretty Boy, and David Crockett. He hosts the PBS series American Roads. He voiced The Sheriff in the animated Pixar feature Cars. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
 
Published July 18, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Travel. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for David Crockett
All: 11 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Apr 15 2011

An excellent study likely to tick off the hagiographers.

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WSJ online

Below average
Reviewed by Henry Allen on May 28 2011

If Mr. Wallis had quoted more of Crockett's own narrative I would have read it gladly, but he focuses on getting the facts straight, even wading into the dispute over exactly how Crockett died at the Alamo, a question that will never be settled.

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Macleans

Excellent
Reviewed by Peter Shawn Taylor on Jul 07 2011

This new book, which makes ample use of Crockett’s own memoirs, is a lively read that deflates many of the myths surrounding the famous frontiersman...

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Huntington News

Excellent
Reviewed by David Kinchen on Sep 29 2011

The Crockett that emerged from Wallis' research was definitely not the Crockett portrayed in 1954 by Disney.

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NJ.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Allen Barra on May 20 2011

In Michael Wallis’ splendid biography...nearly every legend about America’s most famous frontiersman is proved to be exaggeration — but, happily, with hard kernels of truth.

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NY Daily News

Excellent
Reviewed by Stanley Crouch on May 16 2011

...gives us a vital history of one segment of our shared past by clarifying the context of Crockett's time, which - like the Depression - is crowded with misconceptions.

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Tulsa World

Excellent
Reviewed by Glenn Altschuler on Jul 10 2011

Crockett would be pleased...and he would be amused that their hero was a far cry from the calculating and courageous, self-absorbed and self-aggrandizing, principled, prejudiced, and peculiar subject of Michael Wallis' biography.

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Post and Courier

Excellent
Reviewed by Frank Wooten on Mar 23 2012

As for the controversy over Crockett's final adventure at the Alamo, if you want the author's take, go ahead and read this rollicking, informative book.

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Chapter 16

Excellent
Reviewed by Chris Scott on May 11 2011

In David Crockett...Wallis provides a fresh view of a subject near and dear to the hearts of Americans, an inspiration to several generations.

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The Times Literary Supplement

Excellent
Reviewed by Clive Sinclair on Nov 28 2011

Like Santa Anna, Wallis dispatches his hero with great alacrity when he finally reaches the Alamo. He accepts that Crockett met his end after the main event...

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True West Magazine.

Excellent
Reviewed by Douglas Brode on Jul 28 2011

...but to praise him, if in soft whispers rather than a hoot and a holler. In the process, he allows us to grasp how a worthy if imperfect man provided raw material for what would emerge as America’s own variation on the mythic Hercules.

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