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Boone: A Biography (Shannon Ravenel Books (Paperback)) (vuoden 2008 painos)

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This sweeping biography is the story of early America--its ideals, its promise, its romance, and its destiny. Novelist Morgan transforms a mythic American hero--a legend in his own time--into a flesh-and-blood man, the man who was the largest spirit of his time. Hunter, explorer, settler, visionary, he was a trailblazer and a revolutionary--an American icon for more than two hundred years. Born in 1734, Boone served in the Virginia legislature, participated in the settling of the Middle West, fought in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War, and saw the election of his friend as the first president of the United States, the Louisiana Purchase, and the beginning of the Westward Expansion. Unlike many others of his time, he had a deep respect for the Indians, who taught him how to hunt, navigate, and survive in the wilderness he came to revere.--From publisher description.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Boone: A Biography (Shannon Ravenel Books (Paperback))
Kirjailijat:Robert Morgan (Tekijä)
Info:Algonquin Books (2008), Edition: Reprint, 576 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto, Non-Fiction
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5753. Boone A Biography, by Robert Morgan (read 5 Aug 2021) This is a carefully researched biography, published in 2008. One gets the idea that many earlier biographies of Daniel Boone are not very reliable. Daniel was born 2 Nov 1734. His exciting life is well-told, including much interaction with Indians. In fact he was captured by Indians and lived with them, rather contentedly, for a time till he escaped. One gets the idea that Boone was primarily contending with the Indians, who were more or less allied with the British and the Indians were dismayed that when the peace treaty was entered into the British gave the territory east of the Mississippi to the United States without clearing the doing so with their Indian allies. Boone was usually in debt, he being a poor record keeper and easy to take advantage of. The book is sometimes exciting but there are many non-exciting pages. There are 8 counties named Boone in the United States but Arkansas says its Boone County was not named for Daniel but to lead folk to think living in the county would be a "boon"--though if that is true why is it spelled with an "e" ? ( )
  Schmerguls | Aug 5, 2021 |
Hardback, 2007
  TheNelsonLibrary | Oct 15, 2020 |
A true woodsman, a pioneer and a reluctant icon is Daniel Boone in this informative biography.

Here is the legendary man, who wanted nothing more than to venture into the woods and hunt, fish and find his own peace.

Amid it all, he became a leader, helped set up several towns, made the Cumberland Gap to the West better known, and helped push the western boundary of the United States further west, all before the 1800s.

He paradoxically respected the natives (and was captured and lived as one of them for one stretch), but his actions helped push them out of their own land.

This book offers up a good look at the natives also, not as proto-hippies living at one with the land, but as they really were – sometimes brutal, sometimes big-hearted, sometimes cannibalistic. These were real people, not idealized tree-huggers. Humans, not angels.

But that’s the truth of each side – neither entirely pure nor entirely evil. Atrocities on both sides, and sometimes Boone is caught up between two groups.

Through it all, he just wants to live his life and settle his continuing, massive debts. As he finally reaches the end, he finds peace and leaves a tremendous legacy.

Read more of my reviews at Ralphsbooks. Also, follow me on Instagram at @ralphandmainlybooks. ( )
  ralphz | Oct 9, 2020 |
I read a lot of biographies, partially because I am of the opinion that in many cases, history can best be learned by an examination of the key actors of a period. That is very much the case in this biography of Daniel Boone, the seminal figure in the westward expansion of the United States from 1750-1820. I can safely say that prior to reading this book, my knowledge of Daniel Boone consisted of the Fess Parker television series, and much of that was inaccurate.

I can’t say that the writing was of the caliber of other biographies I’ve read by such authors as David McCollough or Walter Isaacson, but it was certainly readable. In my opinion, the author engages in too much speculation and “mind-reading” in attempting to paint a picture of Boone to his liking, instead of presenting the facts and allowing the reader to come to his own conclusions. Hagiography is a common problem when reading biographies, and the author here is no exception. His attempt to equate Boone to such personalities as Henry David Thoreau or Ralph Waldo Emerson and other naturalists of the era are a stretch at best, and unnecessary to appreciate Boone for what he actually was.

All in all, a good but not great biography, but very helpful in learning and understanding the period in question. ( )
1 ääni santhony | Dec 28, 2018 |
Boone offers a fairly interesting and comprehensive biography of the legendary American frontiersmen, Daniel Boone. Particularly interesting are the moments when the author digs into Boone's family life with his wife and children. They accompanied the famed hunter and pushed the boundaries of colonial America farther and farther west, into Kentucky and eventually Missouri. An avid hunter who was famous for his good relations with various Indian tribes, Boone seemed in the vanguard when it came to the westward expansion. And in a real sense he was responsible for helping to destroy the wilderness that he cherished. A fact that the author does not gloss over. Boone is an interesting account of one of our most famous early settlers and a good jumping off point for those who don't know much about him. ( )
  queencersei | Jul 17, 2013 |
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This sweeping biography is the story of early America--its ideals, its promise, its romance, and its destiny. Novelist Morgan transforms a mythic American hero--a legend in his own time--into a flesh-and-blood man, the man who was the largest spirit of his time. Hunter, explorer, settler, visionary, he was a trailblazer and a revolutionary--an American icon for more than two hundred years. Born in 1734, Boone served in the Virginia legislature, participated in the settling of the Middle West, fought in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War, and saw the election of his friend as the first president of the United States, the Louisiana Purchase, and the beginning of the Westward Expansion. Unlike many others of his time, he had a deep respect for the Indians, who taught him how to hunt, navigate, and survive in the wilderness he came to revere.--From publisher description.

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