Portrayed by Disney as the ``king of the wild frontier,'' the inspiration of a cultural phenomenon, Davy Crockett is the apotheosis of Western heroes. However, most of what is known about him is mythical, not factual. Legends portray him as a hunter, backwoodsman, and narrator of outrageous speeches and tales. In fact, during his lifetime his enemies accused him of drunkenness, corruption, adultery, and gambling. Even the events surrounding his death have been widely disputed. Derr ( Some Kind of Paradise , LJ 9/15/89) has examined various historical documents in order to locate the real man behind the legends. He portrays a poor farmer who spent most of his life away from his home, involved in politics. An outspoken Congressman, Crockett gained the disfavor of President Jackson with his shifting political allegiance. Derr untangles the web surrounding David Crockett in this informative and entertaining work.-- Terri P. Summey, Emporia State Univ. Lib., Kan.