June 11, 2006

Ok, brief explanation first… I signed up for Kat with a K’s summer reading program, and this is where I’m posting the reviews of the stuff I read.

Book 1/12: American Legend: The Real-Life Adventures of David Crockett by Buddy Levy; New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2005; 352 pages;ISBN 0399152784.

Enjoyable read. Gives you a rounded picture of Crockett, including his youth and political career. Does a good job of getting inside Crockett’s psyche and describing the areas where he lived, travelled, explored, and fought. Clarifies what’s fact and what’s myth, but includes both. Explores the phenomenon of Crockett’s development into living-legend status, as well as his perpetual inability to get out of debt. Summary of the most famous film and TV portrayals as an epilogue. Picked it up partly because I took a biography class this spring, partly because I was a voracious reader of biography in grade school, partly because I saw it at Waldenbooks and it looked interesting.

Also updated the Bookmarks page… completely. Weeded out the dead links, moved a few around, added the new stuff.

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