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Jonathan Yardley"Boone has been thought by many to be virtually a fictional character, subject of tall tales like Mike Fink the Keelboatman, or even Paul Bunyan," and it is "hard to rescue figures like Daniel Boone and Johnny Appleseed from the distortions of television and Walt Disney." Morgan's biography is just such a rescue job, and a wholly successful one. It is a trifle too long… but the thoroughness and authority of Boone: A Biography are beyond dispute. Though there have been many biographies of Boone—most recently, Michael A. Lofaro's well-received Daniel Boone: An American Life (2003)—this one strikes me as ideally suited to today's reader with its vivid descriptive passages (Morgan is, after all, a novelist and poet), its persuasive portrait of Boone and its firm sense of his place in American history.
—The Washington Post