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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media (August 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593936559
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593936556
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,343,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just finished this biography and enjoyed it very much. I would recommend it for anyone who loved Fess Parker, his work as an actor and as a businessman on California's Central Coast. It contains new stories and insights from a loving family and friends. It is an especially enjoyable read for those of us who grew up on the Central Coast of California!

Sadly, there were a number of grammatical errors that caused this reader to wonder if the publisher might not have cared enough to proof-read the final edition before marketing it. Perhaps a new edition might correct these errors.

Tovli
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Easily one of the most enjoyable biographies I have read in a long time. Author William Chemerka gets into the details behind the man who was THE TV hero for boys growing up in the 1950s (as Davy Crockett) and the 1960s (as Daniel Boone), and shows that nice guys sometimes DO finish first! Very approachable narrative makes for a fun read, with many entertaining anecdotes which give insight into the man as well as the image. Recommended for "baby-boomers" who want to recapture what it was like to look up to someone.FESS PARKER: TV'S FRONTIER HERO
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I wanted to give this five stars simply because it exists, and Fess Parker deserves a biography. For the actual execution, however, I dropped it to four for two reasons, one for content and one for presentation: As for content, Mr. Chemerka's only mistake was letting his fan status show a little too much. Like me, he got hooked on Parker, on Davy Crockett, and on American history all at the same time: December, 1955. In my case, I was two weeks past my 11th birthday, perfect timing to form a huge interest in heroic American figures, and a life-long fondness for the actor who brought Davy to life so compellingly. Despite the fact that Chemerka was lucky enough to grow up to be one of Parker's friends for more than 20 years, he is also scholar enough so that he should have avoided being too obvious about it. As for the presentation of the book, it needed one more thorough proof-reading before being printed in final form. There are a lot of typos here, again, more than an Alamo scholar such as Chemerka should have missed. That said, I really enjoyed this. I followed Parker's career until he disappeared from movie and TV roles around 1970, and knew he was a successful real estate developer and wine-maker during the last 40 years of his life, without knowing the details of those pursuits. This book's second half fills in that part of his story quite adequately. In the oddest of events in my own life, I started as a Parker fan in New Jersey, but ended up marrying into a San Angelo, Texas family in 2009.Read more ›
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Incredible book. It was very detailed and revealing look into the life of a man that loved God, his family and his country. He displayed true moral fiber and believed in kindness and fairness to every man. He helped his friends, and did so much more charitable work and donations than was ever reported. It didn't matter if you were a stranger. This man always cared what every man had to say. He was my hero growing up. The world is a better pace for having him make his mark on several generations. Daniel Boone was a man, and so was Fess Parker. Read this book. It is very very good.
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I was afforded the pleasure of meeting Mr. Parker during a visit to his Los Olivos Inn. He was not only incredibly handsome, he was a true gentleman. I was so impressed by his personality and charm. After he passed, I purchased this book to learn more about him and his life. There are parts that brought tears to my eyes. This book is well written. He was genuine - too bad more celebrities don't have character like this man.
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Being a long time fan of Fess Parker - since childhood with Davy Crockett and particularly Daniel Boone - I thoroughly enjoyed this biography . It was nice to discover that he was a pretty much all round , easy going gentleman . Old fashioned virtues of honesty , kindness , patience and loyalty I wish we saw more of today .
I was particularly touched that he took young Darby Hinton ( played Israel Boone) under his wing on and off the show as Darby had lost his own rather early.
And it was interesting to read about the businessman and winery he and his children built!
I would recommend this.
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If you are at the age where you grew up watching Fess Parker as Davy Crockett or Daniel Boone, this is a must read. So much more to the man than I ever knew and it was a lot of fun to read and I also enjoyed the photos. A fun and informative book.
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If you, as I, grew up watching Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone on TV, then this book about the man who made our heroes come to life if for you. It's an easy read that will keep your interest throughout as you learn about Fess Parker, his ambitions, his family and his stardom.
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