"Shot eight times...stabbed seven and still this six-foot-six, 250-pound ramrod stayed alive to challenge one of the most ruthless criminal operations in the south: the bootleggers, gamblers, prostitutes and murderers who nested in the dives along the Tennessee-Mississippi state line!"
The back cover blurb of "The Twelfth of August" by W.R. Morris may be laced with hyperbole but Pusser's incredible true story has inspired feature films, books, and a T.V. series. He has been portrayed by the likes of Joe Don Baker, Bo Svenson, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
Entertainment aside, The Walking Tall films have clouded the true events surrounding Buford Pusser's deadly feud with McNairy County's "State Line Mob". Let's hope someone writes a new, updated book that gives a deeper insight into the life of the man who walked tall and carried a big stick.