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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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    despinne Edgewater, MD, United States 12-24-12
    despinne Edgewater, MD, United States 12-24-12
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    If you could sum up The Frontiersmen in three words, what would they be?

    I grew up near Cresaptown. The reader continually calls Capt. Cresap "Kree-sap" instead of "Krehssup"--grating to the ear. Apparently he went out of his way to practice the pronunciation of the various Shawnee words--why not check on how men pronounced their names?

    Davina Porter is another one with her "sweetcase" (suitcase!) and the like. It is sooooo distracting in a most unpleasant way. You might as well have someone burst into your house yelling FIRE!


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    Gary Powhatan, Virginia, United States 12-12-12
    Gary Powhatan, Virginia, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "If you like the 18th Century"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would reccomend. I like this period of American history and this gives a lot of details you don't get in history books. Certainly dramatized but after doing some fact checking it appears to closely follow actual events.


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    Prsilla 11-21-12
    Prsilla 11-21-12 Member Since 2014

    Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.

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    "I LOVE YOU, SIMON KENTON!"

    This is pretty much the story of one man from his youth to his end. He was friends with Daniel Boone. He spoke Indian languages. He made and lost great amounts of money. He was attractive, honest, very bright and hard-working. And he really lived and did all these things.

    This is indeed a man's book, full of battles and great plans, some of which actually worked. I deplore the cruelty to the Indians, but then again, the Indians were cruel right back at the whites. We follow the men among them also, including Tecumseh, and the military men who also made deals and often went back on those deals. This is the unvarnished story. If our foremothers had had any clue what following their men into the wilderness could mean . . . this country would not have had a chance. Dark forests and wild animals were the least of their problems! It is a very good but troubling read. Not for a wimp who is avoiding negativity -- someone who wants sweetness and light, soft music and bone china teacups. I gave it all the stars.

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    mpk United States 10-08-12
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Awsome! The way the writer took two characters from two different cultures and told a story going into decades of events that was happening around them and to them.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I'm more interested in Indian History than I thought I would ever be.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Seperate voices for the Indian and White man.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    none


    Do you have any additional comments?

    no

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    april Lenoir City, TN, United States 09-17-12
    april Lenoir City, TN, United States 09-17-12
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    "Great presentation of history!"
    What did you love best about The Frontiersmen?

    Based on actual historical documentation, yet presented in "novel" type format. This made for much more enjoyable listening experience.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Probably not, it is just too long. But the story kept my interest throughout the entire length.


    Any additional comments?

    For those who enjoy long continuous story-type audiobooks (as opposed to short length books), this is a great choice.

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    andrew JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 09-10-12
    andrew JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 09-10-12
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    "More please, Allan Eckert is a treasure"
    If you could sum up The Frontiersmen in three words, what would they be?

    In three words! Seriously! Simon Kenton Astounding! I thought I knew most American history and the characters who made it. How could it be that I never even heard of Simon Kenton? He was a man who was braver, more honorable, compassionate, less greedy and bolder, in fact adjectives fail me in describing the amazing man who I never heard of before this book.

    Allan Eckert clearly researched and knew his subject well before writing about it. This true story is riveting and exciting. It reads like a novel but has the truth as it's author. I listened twice and will likely listen many more times. It is so awe inspiring. I wish we could have more of Mr. Eckert's work on audio.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way a man could be both heroic to the degree that he becomes legendary and at the same time be very real. Simon Kenton could have easily been a man who would take advantage of his skill and knowledge in a time and place where both were needed. He stayed the same humble and helpful man throughout his life.


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

    Simon Kenton is the obvious choice, but there were many others along the way who were impressive as well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The point where Simon met with the preacher and realize he could still be accepted by the Lord. I love the fact that the author didn't let that essential part of his story slip away. It is part of why he is so believable.


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    Tammy Guy, AR, United States 09-03-12
    Tammy Guy, AR, United States 09-03-12
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    "Enjoy witness accounts of our early frontier."
    If you could sum up The Frontiersmen in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing. Inspiring. Solid.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Simon Butler. He embodies the spirit of the American explorer.


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

    Greathouse.


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

    Laugh and cry.


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    Donna Westminister, CA, United States 09-03-12
    Donna Westminister, CA, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "WOW! Well worth reading"

    This is a great way to learn history. It should be a must read for school. For my own part, I could not put it down...I wanted to listen to 'what would happen next' at every idle moment.

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    Cuthahotha So, Cal 08-27-12
    Cuthahotha So, Cal 08-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great read (listen)"
    What made the experience of listening to The Frontiersmen the most enjoyable?

    The Frontiersmen is a life long favorite of mine. Kenton is my 7th generation Grandfather, there's a personal aspect to the book. Eckert does an excellent job converting historic documents to an intriguing tale.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Frontiersmen?

    Saving Boone, kicking Andrew Jackson's behind!


    What about Kevin Foley’s performance did you like?

    As always he does a great job with various voices and imparts emotion to the book well.


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    George Heuston 08-24-12
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    "Fascinating Story and Narrative"
    Where does The Frontiersmen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A little less dialogue, a little more fact


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

    He puts magnificent character voices in the reader's head


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

    It kept me on the edge of my seat. It is dramatic. Eckert's use of exact dates, including days of the week, are a welcome baseline to readers of history. Too often, historical narratives are written without enough linkage to dates. Eckert's use of them is brilliant, and provides the integral thread to the work.


    Any additional comments?

    Eckert's prologue claims that the entire book is authentic history. Much may be, but some of the story wanders from fact. Example: Chief Blue Jacket was not the captured/adpoted son of a white settler; DNA tests on his progeny have proven that he was of Indian derivation. Tthat the prologue and the product differ, muddies an otherwise brilliant work.

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