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Vanity - Looking for a GOOD biography of David Crockett
Dartman

Posted on 01/13/2013 8:07:28 AM PST by Dartman

I've had an interest in this man since I was a young kid in the '50's watching the Disney series about him. What I'm looking for is an in depth, but enjoyable to read account of his life. I figured I would get a better selection to chose from, from you folks here, rather than on-line book reviews. Money is no object, I've got some Christmas present Chapters gift cards burning a hole in my pocket. :)


TOPICS: Books/Literature
KEYWORDS: crockett

1 posted on 01/13/2013 8:07:39 AM PST by Dartman
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To: Dartman

chose = choose.
Oops.


2 posted on 01/13/2013 8:09:50 AM PST by Dartman
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To: Dartman

You might start with his autobiography. In factual terms, it’s not always trustworthy but it presents his story in the way he wanted it presented, so you get some insights into his character. It was also one of the first examples of the “campaign autobiography”. He wrote it to make some money but also to use it to get back into politics. The book was actually co-written by Crockett and one of his friends, a Kentucky congressman whose name I don’t remember.


3 posted on 01/13/2013 8:13:47 AM PST by Parmenio
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To: Dartman
This one was my favorite growing up:

This one looks pretty well reviewed.

Although one of my favorite stories of him is this one: On the role of government

4 posted on 01/13/2013 8:16:54 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Dartman

I just looked on Amazon, and you can get a Kindle version of the 1834 edition of the autobiography for 99 cents:

http://www.amazon.com/narrative-life-David-Crockett-ebook/dp/B008HJO4PS/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358093428&sr=1-6&keywords=autobiography+of+David+Crockett


5 posted on 01/13/2013 8:18:49 AM PST by Parmenio
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To: Dartman

Look at the Los Angeles Library page. They’ve got about 4 pages of suggestions.


6 posted on 01/13/2013 8:34:22 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Dartman

7 posted on 01/13/2013 9:12:49 AM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: Dartman

I have:
“LIFE AND ADVENTURES
COLONEL DAVID CROCKETT,
OF WEST TENNESSEE.”

CINCINNATI:
PUBLISHED 1833.

as a free pdf.

FRegards


8 posted on 01/13/2013 9:32:59 AM PST by spankalib (The downside of liberty is the need to tolerate those who despise it.)
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To: Dartman
Lots of information here.
9 posted on 01/13/2013 9:34:41 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: Dartman

Here is one online

http://archive.org/stream/autobiographyofd00croc#page/n7/mode/2up


10 posted on 01/13/2013 9:38:56 AM PST by logitech (Who's here so vile, that will not love his country? If any speak, for him I have offended)
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To: Dartman

I was born in 1948, so the Disney Davy Crockett saga came at just the right time for me. I can remember being completely confused, as a child, by the lyric that I misheard (and I’m sure I was not alone) as “killed in a bar, when he was only three.”

The questions that this generated in my mind: How did he fight those indians, go to congress, go to the Alamo if he died at age three? Was he resurrected? Reincarnated? Was that a different Davy Crockett? And, not for nothing, what the hell was he doing in a bar when he was only three?


11 posted on 01/13/2013 9:45:37 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: Dartman
Here is an old photo I found buried in an antique store


12 posted on 01/13/2013 9:47:22 AM PST by llevrok (ObamaLand - Where young people go to retire)
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To: Dartman

http://openlibrary.org/books/OL7113805M/The_romance_and_tragedy_of_pioneer_life.

Chapter XXX details his life. Overall great book in general.


13 posted on 01/13/2013 10:00:08 AM PST by CJ Wolf
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
I was born in 1948, so the Disney Davy Crockett saga came at just the right time for me.

That craze caught Disney by surprise, and they missed out on the millions they could have made selling "accessories". They changed that approach REAL quick and retail has never been the same.

I read where one surplus dealer had a ton of pup tents he couldn't give away. He stenciled "Davy Crocket" on them and sold out in days. Typical American ingenuity.

In some cases the tail wags the dog as many cartoons today are merely advertisements for the toy.

14 posted on 01/13/2013 10:38:17 AM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Dartman
At least you know enough about him to know that he hated being called "Davey."

I just read a good book on the defenders of the Alamo that went into some depth about Mr. Crockett, but it was not devoted entirely to him. I don't recall the title, though.

15 posted on 01/13/2013 10:58:09 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Dartman
The book I referred to is The Blood of Heroes, by James Donovan. Who also authored an excellent study of the Battle of the Little Bighorn called A Terrible Glory.

Highly recommend.

16 posted on 01/13/2013 11:12:27 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Dartman
This is the new book:

The old books look like they're more fun:


17 posted on 01/13/2013 11:32:45 AM PST by x
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To: Dartman
Crockett, Crockett, Crockett ...

Nobody remembers Tubbs ...

18 posted on 01/13/2013 11:34:25 AM PST by x
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To: mjp

I concur with the Derr biography being excellent.

A word of caution, though. If you have a high opinion of Andrew Jackson, this book might disabuse you of that notion.


19 posted on 01/13/2013 11:35:43 AM PST by Cincinnatus.45-70 (What do DemocRats enjoy more than a truckload of dead babies? Unloading them with a pitchfork!)
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To: P.O.E.; x; All

Thank you all for your suggestions. I think I am going to go with the book by Michael Wallis, not so much for the book review, but the review of the author. It sounds like he has written some excellent books and comes highly recommended.
I can remember a time about 12 years ago while travelling through Tennessee I saw a highway sign which read, David Crockett State Park. I thought to myself, “Who the heck was David Crockett”? Then it hit me like a bolt of lightning. “Oh my gosh !!! Davy Crockett” !!!!
I haven’t been the same, since :)


20 posted on 01/13/2013 1:45:32 PM PST by Dartman
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To: IronJack

Thanks for the tip. After the Crockett book I think I might read The Blood of Heroes. Very interesting time in history.


21 posted on 01/13/2013 1:52:03 PM PST by Dartman
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To: 20yearvet

ping


22 posted on 01/13/2013 2:35:15 PM PST by S.O.S121.500
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