Boone: A Biography
by Robert Morgan
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One of the biographer’s tasks is to explain why their chosen subject is important to the scope and shape of history and, further, to argue that that person remains significant in the present age. Robert Morgan’s Boone succeeds admirably on both counts. Morgan’s skills as a novelist and poet help in making this the most detailed and compelling life of Daniel Boone to date—Morgan is partial to dramatic imagery and sensual turns of phrase, for instance—but beyond telling the tale and getting the facts right with fastidious precision, this is a work of genuine scholarship, which interprets the frontiersman as a figure key to our understanding of the Enlightenment, colonialism, and the very idea of the American experiment.
Given Morgan’s sharp eye for drama, it’s hard to see Boone as other than a hero here, a claim
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