A past record of writing on Americana has more than qualified Stewart Holbrook for this friendly biography of the man in the public eye. Introductory remarks state that , for us, Crockett remains the personification of rugged individualism and native intelligence in a rapidly growing and restless era and it is on these precepts that the following narrative rests. Starting with Davy's youth, there is the feeling of hard won rewards as the boy becomes worker and hunter during tender years. Unembittered by the lessons taught him in the school of hard knocks, Davy sailed gracefully into manhood- marrying young and setting up an efficient farm in southern Tennessee. Off with Jackson to fight the Indians, Davy earned the rank of Colonel and then Congressman after his return. On to Texas and death at the Alamo, the events are familiar, and if they tend to excuse Crockett for an uncouth know-nothingism some may find unattractive today, they properly praise individual initiative.