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This commanding biography from New York Times bestselling author Robert Morgan transforms a mythic American hero — a legend in his own time — into a flesh-and-blood man. Morgan's sweeping biography of Daniel Boone is the story of America — its ideals, its promise, its romance, and its destiny. It is the most comprehensive book ever written about the man who was the largest spirit of his time. Hunter, explorer, settler, he was a trailblazer and a revolutionary — an American icon for more than two hundred years.

Born in 1734, Boone participated in the colonization of North America, the settling of the Middle Plain, the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War, the election of his friend as the first president of the United States, the Louisiana Purchase, and the Westward Expansion. Unlike others of his time, he had a reverence for the Indians, who taught him how to hunt, navigate, and survive in the impenetrable wilderness. He accomplished feat after impossible feat yet was also accused of treason, fraud, hypocrisy; was court-martialed; and was sued for debt again and again. By the end of his life, most of his land claims had been lost to lawyers, politicians, and better businessmen than he.

Extensive endnotes, fascinating cultural and historical background material, maps, illustrations, and an index underscore the scope of this distinguished and immensely entertaining work by a writer who, like novelist-turned-historian Shelby Foote, has the talent and the knowledge to make this legendary American come vividly to life.

Review:

"The story of Daniel Boone, Robert Morgan writes in this comprehensive and deeply sympathetic biography, 'is the story of America,' and he's right. He argues, further, that by the time Boone was in his mid-50s, his great pioneering exploits well in his past, staggering under self-inflicted debt and repeatedly failing in business ventures, he may have sensed as much himself:

'By 1788... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"[An] absorbing and stirring chronicle of the great frontiersman....Outstanding." Booklist (starred review)

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"A beautifully written biography of American scout Daniel Boone as a frontier Moses, leading his people over the western mountains to the rich promised lands of Kentucky....Strongly recommended." Library Journal (starred review)

Synopsis:

The story of Daniel Boone is the story of America—its ideals, its promise, its romance, and its destiny. Bestselling, critically acclaimed author Robert Morgan reveals the complex character of a frontiersman whose heroic life was far stranger and more fascinating than the myths that surround him.

This rich, authoritative biography offers a wholly new perspective on a man who has been an American icon for more than two hundred years—a hero as important to American history as his more political contemporaries George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Extensive endnotes, cultural and historical background material, and maps and illustrations underscore the scope of this distinguished and immensely entertaining work.

About the Author

Robert Morgan, author of the award-winning novel Gap Creek, is a native of the North Carolina mountains, where he was raised on land settled by his Welsh ancestors.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781565126152
Author:
Morgan, Robert
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
BIOGRAPHY and AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers and Explorers
Subject:
Kentucky
Subject:
Pioneers -- Kentucky.
Subject:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Shannon Ravenel Books
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
538
Dimensions:
9.0 x 6.0 in

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Product details 538 pages Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - English 9781565126152 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[An] absorbing and stirring chronicle of the great frontiersman....Outstanding." (starred review)
"Review" by , "A beautifully written biography of American scout Daniel Boone as a frontier Moses, leading his people over the western mountains to the rich promised lands of Kentucky....Strongly recommended." (starred review)
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The story of Daniel Boone is the story of America—its ideals, its promise, its romance, and its destiny. Bestselling, critically acclaimed author Robert Morgan reveals the complex character of a frontiersman whose heroic life was far stranger and more fascinating than the myths that surround him.

This rich, authoritative biography offers a wholly new perspective on a man who has been an American icon for more than two hundred years—a hero as important to American history as his more political contemporaries George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Extensive endnotes, cultural and historical background material, and maps and illustrations underscore the scope of this distinguished and immensely entertaining work.

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