"The best thing on Crockett since William C. Davis's Three Roads to the Alamo. This book should have long life." -- Allen Barra, author of Inventing Wyatt Earp.
"A highly readable work that sifts the nuggets of truth from the mud of speculation . . . Intensely researched and footnoted." —Gary Zaboly, author, A True Ranger: The Life and Many Wars of Major Robert Rogers; illustrator, Texian Illiad and Blood of Noble Men
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Big Sky Press should be complemented for the excellent job they have done in the layout and presentation of this book. It's over all design is outstanding!
All of Crockett's portraits painted from life are showcased in full color, and a selection of his speeches and political circulars round out the volume. Beautifully designed, this book would be a wonderful addition to the library of anyone with an interest in history, and is absolutely essential to Crockett studies.
While this book is not a full blown biography in the strict sense, it does focus on Crockett at the height of his fame and powers, using his own words, framed by evenhanded and nuanced commentary from both authors. It not only raises the bar on Crockett biographies for its thoroughness, it will be indispensable to any future dissertations on the historical man. The portrait that emerges from these pages therefore is not the naïve, fish out of water that other biographers have tended to sketch, but a long overdue and achingly human image of a man both at odds with and acutely in touch with his own times.
Not only does this book contain the most comprehensive collection of Crockett’s speeches, letters and circulars to date, it for the first time publishes all known contemporary likenesses of Crockett under one roof, which alone is worth the price of admission. Bright Sky Press apparently spared no expense in the printing of this book either, it looks and feels so good that I just can’t file it on my shelf spine out….it has a shelf of its own.
"A gentleman from Nacogdoches, in Texas, informs us, that, whilst there, he dined in public with col. Crockett, who had just arrived from Tennessee. The old bear-hunter, on being toasted, made a speech to the Texians, replete with his usual dry humor. He began nearly in this style: "I am told, gentlemen, that, when a stranger, like myself, arrives among you, the first inquiry is - what brought you here? To satisfy your curiosity at once to myself, I will tell you all about it. I was, for some years, a member of congress. In my last canvass, I told the people of my district, that, if they saw fit to re-elect me, I would serve them as faithfully as I had done; but, if not, they might go to h__, and I would go to Texas. I was beaten, gentlemen, and here I am." The roar of applause was like a thunder-burst. [Louisville Journal.
David Crockett died at the Alamo on March 6, 1836, a month and three days before this article finally appeared in the Niles Weekly Register. If you are like me and have always wondered why Crockett would have told the people of his Congressional district back in Tennessee that they might go to hell and he would go to Texas, then you need to read David Crockett in Congress: The Rise and Fall of the Poor Man's Friend.
David Crockett in Congress covers David Crockett's entire political career in the House of Representatives of the United States Congress in great detail. The book is a wonderful sampler of Jacksonian politics of the 1820's and 1830's from the perspective of an Andrew Jackson supporter (Crockett) who becomes disillusioned with Jackson and party politics.Read more ›
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Clearly written and authoritative. Gives an excellent overview to the politics in the southeastern United States during Crockett's time. Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by WB
This book beats the point to DEATH. very BORING.....
IT REMINDS ME OF WHY KIDS HATE HISTORY BOOKS. READ EDWARD RUTHERFURD. Read more
Loved the book. Easy read. Enjoyed comparing what they were going through back then to today. Same song, second verse in Congress!Published on September 14, 2013 by Chinabobbie
For those of us who grew up on the Walt Disney version of "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier", his service in Congress was merely an interlude between fighting Indians and... Read morePublished on February 16, 2012 by david l. poremba
Virtually everyone has heard of Davy Crockett. From Fess Parker, John Wayne, and Billy Bob Thornton, we know all about him, from his humble beginnings to his celebrity fame and... Read morePublished on June 14, 2010 by Paul Cool
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When this book arrived, I was shocked at the size. I'm not sure how I pictured it, but I wasn't expecting a deluxe hardcover the size of a big city phonebook! Read morePublished on February 25, 2010 by Evan Lewis