David Crockett

David Crockett : Hero of the Common Man

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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 insured his place in the Valhalla of American heroes.
A gregarious, fun-loving man, Crockett was capable of spinning the tallest of tales, but the truth of his life was far more fascinating than the myth. His hunting and exploration adventures, his service as a soldier under Andrew Jackson in the Creek Indian War of 1813, his rise in politics to the United States Congress, his incessant search for "elbow room" that took him to Texas - these were the real fabric of a heroic life.
In writing of the historical Crockett, Groneman dispels the myths to discover the genuine hero beneath them. 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's heroics during the siege have, if anything, been understated.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 207 pages
  • 127 x 182.9 x 17.8mm | 113.4g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0765310686
  • 9780765310682
  • 1,814,378

About William Groneman

William Groneman III, at the time of his recent retirement, was a captain of the New York City Fire Department and company commander of Engine Company 308 which 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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Review quote

"I salute Bill Groneman both for his career as a captain of the New York City Fire Department and this splendid new book on David Crockett, one of America's favorite heroes." --Fess Parker, actor, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier

"An insightful and interesting examination of a unique nineteenth-century American hero." --William R. Chmerka, founder of the Alamo Society and editor of The Crockett Chronicle

"[Groneman] presents Crockett as a believable man of his time and place...an important historical figure who was often authentically heroic." --Booklist

"Groneman cuts through the myth and legend to uncover as much as possible of the real Davy Crockett..." --Library Journal
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