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.
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"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)
the history is so accurate and the story lines just keeps your attention
What I liked was the actual history is so accurate it keeps your interest
The story lines
No other than reading about my ancistors and the fact what my research of family history was correct
For anyone who enjoys the story of the American people and the westward expansion, this book is a must. I warmed to Kevin Foley's narration, a little unsure at the beginning if I was going to enjoy how he told the story. However, he is a perfect fit to what is a uniquely American story. Although it is history, it reads like a novel. Eckert not only brings the characters alive, he creates drama in the telling of this remarkable history. Whenever I was away from it, I couldn't wait to get back into the rich narrative and fascinating detail of this book.
The detail provided was/is great. I enjoyed the intricacies of the story, down to the melas and copnversations. This well researched story and delivery was very good....
The main character Simon Kenton added continuity to the story and numerous characters.
I am not sure...
The story was very good and kept my interest all the way through. I particylarly enjoy historical fiction and non-fiction.
His expressive and well articulated reading certainly adds to the drama and engagement with the book.
The many, many episodes and events ...that reveal "truth is stranger than fiction'!
Very informing and loaded with history, would have liked more on Simon and Daniel Boons relationship but overall a great story.
Me? I'm not who you think I think I am.
I definately enjoyed this book!! The story is told in a way that really draws you in and it is not afraid to show the dark side of both the Americans and the Shawnee. The Frontiersmen is well written and performed in a solid way that keeps you interrested despite it length!
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!
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.
Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.
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.
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.
I'm more interested in Indian History than I thought I would ever be.
Seperate voices for the Indian and White man.
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