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The Frontiersmen: A Narrative | [Allan W. Eckert]

The Frontiersmen: A Narrative

The frontiersmen were a remarkable breed of men. They were often rough and illiterate, sometimes brutal and vicious, often seeking an escape in the wilderness of mid-America from crimes committed back east. In the beautiful but deadly country which would one day come to be known as West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, more often than not they left their bones to bleach beside forest paths or on the banks of the Ohio River.
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Publisher's Summary

The frontiersmen were a remarkable breed of men. They were often rough and illiterate, sometimes brutal and vicious, often seeking an escape in the wilderness of mid-America from crimes committed back east. In the beautiful but deadly country that would one day come to be known as West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, more often than not they left their bones to bleach beside forest paths or on the banks of the Ohio River, victims of Indians who claimed the vast virgin territory and strove to turn back the growing tide of whites.

These frontiersmen are the subjects of Allan W. Eckert's dramatic history. Against the background of such names as George Rogers Clark, Daniel Boone, Arthur St. Clair, Anthony Wayne, Simon Girty, and William Henry Harrison, Eckert has re-created the life of one of America's most outstanding heroes, Simon Kenton. Kenton's role in opening the Northwest Territory to settlement more than rivaled that of his friend Daniel Boone. By his 18th birthday, Kenton had already won frontier renown as woodsman, fighter, and scout. His incredible physical strength and endurance, his great dignity and innate kindness made him the ideal prototype of the frontier hero.

Yet there is another story to The Frontiersmen. It is equally the story of one of history's greatest leaders, whose misfortune was to be born to a doomed cause and a dying race. Tecumseh, the brilliant Shawnee chief, welded together by the sheer force of his intellect and charisma an incredible Indian confederacy that came desperately close to breaking the thrust of the white man's westward expansion. Like Kenton, Tecumseh was the paragon of his people's virtues, and the story of his life, in Eckert's hands, reveals most profoundly the grandeur and the tragedy of the American Indian.

©2001 Jesse Stuart Foundation (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Historian-novelist Eckert has fashioned an epic narrative history of the struggle for dominance of the Ohio River Valley that makes compelling reading." (Publishers Weekly)

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    J. Lee California 09-18-12
    J. Lee California 09-18-12 Member Since 2013

    Husband, father, building contractor, inventor and audio book lover.

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    "Stranger than fixtion possibly unbeleivable."

    This is a nonfiction book but it is difficult to believe it to be so. The stories are so amazing, and the detail so complete that it strains credulity. Not to say that this book is not enjoyable, it is absolutely compelling and reads like a action novel. The characters are historical figures, as are the events,. The author claims this to be a scholarly work of history, I will therefor, give him the benefit of my doubts and suspend disbelief in this case. The is the history of the founding of the frontier and is a brutal and often disturbing narrative. I suppose is why it is so interesting. The Americans and the "Indians" are portrayed fairly in both harsh and flattering lights, there were few innocents in these times. It is clear that the Americans moved in on the aboriginal's land. I suppose little could be done about that, history is not fair, but the author does a pretty good job of telling it in a fair voice. As always, Ken Foley does a fine job in the narration. If you love history you will love this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Panama City, FL, United States 03-02-12
    Mr. Panama City, FL, United States 03-02-12 Member Since 2014

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    "These great reviews are all true!"

    When I read the reviews for this book they were all so gushing that I almost couldn't believe they were true. So, I listened to this book and it truly is outstanding. The story line compares with Unbroken in that there is one amazing event happening to Simon after another. How can one man live through even one of these things let alone go through years of them? The main character is a true hero. This makes the overall book a positive and uplifting experience. You get both sides of the picture in that the Native American side is told through Tecumseh's perspective and the settler's side is told through Simon Kenton. The narrator is one of the best I have heard. He pronounces the words properly and inflects appropriately and consistently based on the changing characters. This is early American history at its very best. I am anxiously looking forward to more from both the author Allan Eckert and his narrator Kevin Foley. Thank you gentlemen for a great work.

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    Arthur Southlake, TX, United States 01-03-12
    Arthur Southlake, TX, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Best Audiobook I have listened to."

    I have not enjoyed any audiobook as much as this one. If you love history and a good story then get this book. I have not even finished the book yet but I felt compelled to write a review already. The story is expertly researched and told by a narrator who does a masterful job of going into and out of character. This is a great story that you will enjoy.

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    History Princeton Junction, NJ, United States 10-20-11
    History Princeton Junction, NJ, United States 10-20-11
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    "Remarkable, fascinating, and appalling"

    It's a remarkable book: rich in detail and characters, many of whom sound more like the heroes (or villains) in novels than out of history. It's the story of the building of the west and the horrendous slaughter of the Native Americans. If you didn't feel guilty about being a white American before you read this, you will by the time you are done.

    The narrator is excellent and does a fine yet subtle job with the various voices. It's a long book, but it never drags.

    I was completely caught up in it from the beginning through all the subsequent hours. A winner and an eye opener as well. There is a lot of information in here that you aren't going to get in standard American history and those of us unfamiliar with it or only nominally acquainted with it need to hear the truth. We built the country on the blood of those who already lived here and we have a lot to answer for.

    This my headline: it is remarkable in its thoroughness and vivid recreation of character. The tale, though history, is fascinating. And the role of the US government and many of our pioneers is appalling. All three are simultaneously true, making it quite an intense listening experience. I highly recommend it.

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    Matthew 02-20-15
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    "Great narrator. Fantastic recreation settler life!"

    the story provided an excellent depiction of early settler life. The dual views of frontiersmen and Indian was really engaging and rewarding. especially knowing that much of the story was pulled from actual documentation of settler life.

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    barry 01-31-15
    barry 01-31-15 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best books I've read in a long time"

    Great book. Great story. Keep my attention the entire time. I couldn't set the book down. Can't stop telling my friends about it.

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    Amazon Customer Scot1T 08-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Someone needs to make a mini-series of this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Frontiersmen the most enjoyable?

    Historical description really made you feel you were right there.


    What about Kevin Foley’s performance did you like?

    Just spot on!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The section of where the officer was burned at the stake was one of the most horrific descriptions I have ever read!


    Any additional comments?

    From start to finish this book held my interest.

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    Allen Plainwell, MI, United States 02-10-14
    Allen Plainwell, MI, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "The beauty and excitement of unsettled America"

    Actually bought this book seeking some insight on Tecumseh the great Indian chief. I was pleasantly surprised to find a book I almost couldn't put down - a great story of the American Midwest before the Civil War in the era of the "frontiersmen". Vivid descriptions of parts of the Midwest before it was settled, parts of which you can find on a map today from the author's description. So well written I felt I was there looking at it. Many adventures and action, and all true stories, of what it was like to be mostly (or all) alone in the wilderness. Similar to what you might expect reading about Daniel Boone (he's in here too) and other similar characters. I am a fan of Ambrose, and bought his Lewis and Clark book, and this book outshines it greatly in it's wonderful descriptions and stories of adventure - it is what I hoped to find in "Lewis and Clark". You will not regret this book!

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    Yerby Ray Newton, NC, United States 10-07-13
    Yerby Ray Newton, NC, United States 10-07-13

    "Just trying to get by being quite and shy in a world full of pushing and shove." Former forest ranger, non-profit CEO, newspaper editor.

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    "Great story about a real man"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Frontiersmen to be better than the print version?

    Yes I think this is better than the print version as the reader does not have to struggle with the unique native american names which can really slow a person down


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Foley – was your favorite?

    Simon Kenton just for the pure fact that he was a man among men who was larger than life but lived up to that


    Any additional comments?

    It is a long listen but really does move along well.

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    Gary TILTON, IL, United States 09-27-13
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    "A beautiful story of the frontier and history"
    What made the experience of listening to The Frontiersmen the most enjoyable?

    the history is so accurate and the story lines just keeps your attention


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked was the actual history is so accurate it keeps your interest


    What does Kevin Foley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The story lines


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No other than reading about my ancistors and the fact what my research of family history was correct


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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