David Crockett: The Lion of the West Michael Wallis (W.W. Norton, $26.95)

david_crockettDavy Crockett became one of America’s first celebrities, as Michael Wallis impressively demonstrates in David Crockett: The Lion of the West. With a gift of gab and a talent for self-promotion, a great bear hunter, but only so-so soldier and congressman, worked his way up to hero status, reaching Texas just in time for martyrdom at the Alamo to guarantee his presence in our Western pantheon.

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