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Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer

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Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History for 1993

In the first and most reliable biography of Daniel Boone in more than fifty years, award-winning historian Faragher brilliantly portrays Americas famous frontier hero. Drawing from popular narrative, the public record, scraps of documentation from Boones own hand, and a treasure of reminiscence gathered by nineteenth-century antiquarians, Faragher uses the methods of new social history to create a portrait of the man and the times he helped shape. Blending themes from a much vitalized Western and frontier history with the words and ideas of ordinary people, Faragher has produced a book that will stand as the definitive life of Daniel Boone for decades to come, and one that illuminates the frontier world of Boone like no other.

John Mack Faragher is the Arthur Unobskey Professor of American History at Yale University. He is the author of Women and Men on the Overland Trail, for which he received the Frederick Jackson Turner Award, and the acclaimed Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prairie.

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History

In the first and most reliable biography of Daniel Boone in more than fifty years, award-winning historian Faragher brilliantly portrays Americas famous frontier hero. Drawing from popular narrative, the public record, scraps of documentation from Boones own hand, and a treasure of reminiscence gathered by nineteenth-century antiquarians, Faragher uses the methods of new social history to create a portrait of the man and the times he helped shape. Blending themes from a much vitalized Western and frontier history with the words and ideas of ordinary people, Faragher has produced a book that will stand as the definitive life of Daniel Boone for decades to come, and one that illuminates the frontier world of Boone like no other.

"Daniel Boone may be the best-known American frontiersman, but Americans cannot say they truly know Daniel Boone unless theyve read John Mack Faraghers new and revealing biography."Dee Brown, author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

"This is not just a new biography of Daniel Boone, but a biography of a Boone we have never fully known or appreciated before . . . One finishes Faraghers biography convinced that one has met and talked with Boone himself."Howard R. Lamar, Yale University

"The popular image of Daniel Boone is that of an unlettered backwoodsman, a skilled hunter and Indian fighter. But evidence argues that he was reasonably well educated for his time and place, that he was a landowner, businessman, and respected leader of frontier society. Faragher, history professor [and] author of Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prairie, has sifted through folklore and fact to reconstruct a realistic portrait of Boone and the expanding frontier. Except for his long hunts, Boone was surrounded by a close, extended family; his deepest loyalties were to clan and community. The final chapters examine Boone in folklore, literature, and art (he was the model for James Fenimore Cooper's Natty Bumppo in The Last of the Mohicans). Boone is worthy of historical attention as a personification of the westward movement. Faragher has written an absorbing, definitive biography."Publishers Weekly

"Well written and immensely satisfying in several ways, this biography separates myth from fact while also showing that this is a man about whom legends have been made. A person of many contrasts, Boone had 10 children but spent much of his time away from his family; liked solitude but led parties of settlers west; was uncomfortable with the 'system' but served in the Virginia militia and that state's legislature; and liked Native Americans even while he was helping to displace them. Readers are also given a look at frontier life and the westward movement; Faragher brings to life aspects of history that have been reduced to a footnote in textbooks. Boone speaks to the American spirit in an elemental way that is wonderfully conveyed by this author, in a book that readers will find memorable."Judy McAloon, Potomac Library, Prince Williams County, Virginia, School Library Journal

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An award-winning historian portrays America's most famous frontier hero. From Boone's extraordinary accomplishments and from the conflicting accounts of his life and character, Faragher depicts not only the hero but the uniquely American hero-making process. Photos.

Synopsis:

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History for 1993

In the first and most reliable biography of Daniel Boone in more than fifty years, award-winning historian Faragher brilliantly portrays Americas famous frontier hero. Drawing from popular narrative, the public record, scraps of documentation from Boones own hand, and a treasure of reminiscence gathered by nineteenth-century antiquarians, Faragher uses the methods of new social history to create a portrait of the man and the times he helped shape. Blending themes from a much vitalized Western and frontier history with the words and ideas of ordinary people, Faragher has produced a book that will stand as the definitive life of Daniel Boone for decades to come, and one that illuminates the frontier world of Boone like no other.

About the Author

John Mack Faragher is the Arthur Unobskey Professor of American History at Yale University. He is the author of Women and Men on the Overland Trail, for which he received the Frederick Jackson Turner Award, and the acclaimed Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prairie.

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kygolfers637, May 2, 2008 (view all comments by kygolfers637)
Daniel Boone was a long hunter and it brought him to the hunting ground of Kentucky. He hunted the land several times before he brought his family to Boonesborough a fort on the Kentucky River. Faragher shows that Boone was a man of character. He loved the frontier and wanted to be a part of it. He wanted to live in peace with the Indians but at times he found them to be his enemy. The people he encouraged to come west began to crowd him and he began to look for a new frontier farther west. The Author was very factual about the man, Daniel Boone. By Ruth Thompson author of “The Bluegrass Dream” and “Natchez Above The River”

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805030075
Author:
Faragher, John Mack
Publisher:
Owl Books (NY)
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Boone, daniel, 1734-1820
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Pioneers
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life -- Kentucky.
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Kentucky
Subject:
Pioneers -- Kentucky.
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Owl Book ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
19931131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 16 pages of black-and-white pic
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Synopsis" by , An award-winning historian portrays America's most famous frontier hero. From Boone's extraordinary accomplishments and from the conflicting accounts of his life and character, Faragher depicts not only the hero but the uniquely American hero-making process. Photos.
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Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History for 1993

In the first and most reliable biography of Daniel Boone in more than fifty years, award-winning historian Faragher brilliantly portrays Americas famous frontier hero. Drawing from popular narrative, the public record, scraps of documentation from Boones own hand, and a treasure of reminiscence gathered by nineteenth-century antiquarians, Faragher uses the methods of new social history to create a portrait of the man and the times he helped shape. Blending themes from a much vitalized Western and frontier history with the words and ideas of ordinary people, Faragher has produced a book that will stand as the definitive life of Daniel Boone for decades to come, and one that illuminates the frontier world of Boone like no other.

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