By Buddy Levy
The true KING OF THE WILD FRONTIER
David Crockett was once an adventurer, a pioneer, and a media-savvy nationwide megastar. In his short-but-distinguished lifetime, this charismatic frontiersman received 3 phrases as a U.S. congressman and a presidential nomination. His 1834 memoir loved frenzied revenues and caused the first-ever "official" publication journey for its vastly well known writer. Down-to-earth, heroic, and autonomous to a fault, the true Crockett grew to become misplaced in his personal hype-and he is been overshadowed by means of a larger-than-life pop-culture personality in a coonskin cap.
Now, American Legend debunks the tall stories to bare the interesting fact of Crockett's hardscrabble early life, his near-death reviews, his not going upward push to Congress-and the debatable final stand on the Alamo that mythologized him past reputation. during this fantastically written narrative, Crockett emerges as by no means before-a rugged person, a real American unique, and a permanent image of the Western frontier.
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