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)
A little less dialogue, a little more fact
He puts magnificent character voices in the reader's head
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.
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.
The reader is fantastic. His voices really add a great dimension making the different characters distinct.
Reminds me a lot of the James Fenimore Cooper novels. Great story telling.
Simon Kenton has so many wonderful scenes it's hard to pick one.
I am from that area (WV) and didn't know any of the history. It really opened my eyes to how much I don't know. Great book and I'm very excited to have found it. The tone of the writing is very engaging.
Yes. Good reader. Great story, well told.
Some of the accounts of the unbelievable cruelty in the war between the whites and the natives.
This book really made history come alive. Thought I do suspect that some of the stuff about Tacumseh foretelling the future was a bit exaggerated.
The audio was good but I've never read the book.
Too many to name just one.
Way too long to listen to in one sitting. Although the book kept my interest all the way through.
No, I had trouble staying awake during the narration.
It is a level below Mari Sandoz's "Crazy Horse" .
I would encourage more energy during the performance.
I was angry with the settlers, then angry with the Indians. There is a lot of detail about the Indian culture and relations between the various trbes. The information about the dealings of the whites with the Native Americans was enlightening, making me ashamed of this aspect of the American past.
Eckert's plan was to take the reader/listener into the heads of the people in history using a seriers of historical vignettes using conversations and events for which there is little or non-existant records. The book is daunting and difficult as a narrator read book. There was just too much sameness in the characters There are some finely drawn pictures of the the characters, Kenton and Tecumseh, but the others are bland.
This is a wonderful glimps into what life was like for the people who were already in North America when Columbus discovered it, the the new arrivals who wanted to make North America there home. The clash of these cultures changed the world for both. It is so entertaining and informative, that I catch myself rewinding often just so I can rehear some of the moments of that time. Well put together Allan and and great reading Kevin! Greg. Ps. Now I am waiting for the rest of the Winning of America series.
Charlie Wilsons War is similiar in so far as both show a side of the Untited States, that few no about.
His matter-of-fact delivery, and his many pleasant tones.
A film should be done of this book, and it should be .....There is a Blue Jacket in us all!
Well done........One of the best I have ever listened too and I have already read the entire series at least twice! Sllent Flight, and the Echerts Tecumseh should be recorded.
Which exciting part, they were all good. Had to research many of the characters.
Simon of course
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I would recomend this book to anyone who is interested in early American history.
It is filled with little know or fogotten events in the history of colonial and post revolutionary America. Simon Kenton should be part of every American history class.
No, it is a great story but it would be overwhelming to listen to all in one sitting.
This is one of my father's favorite books. I have read it several times and bought this copy for him to listen to on long drives.
Factual information presented around two incredible historical figures native american Techumseh and Simon Kenton. A frontiersman in the tradition of Daniel Boone.
Tecumseh- clairvoyant,courageous and honroable warrior.
Dont miss this one!
This book is one of the best books I have ever read or in this case listened to. It reads like a novel and is fascinating from beginning to end. I recommend it to anyone with any interest at all in American History. Now I'd like to take a trip to that part of the country where all of these events occurred. It was so interesting to learn about such great American characters, both American and American Indian alike. Before this book I'd never heard of Simon Kenton. Now I believe he deserves all the veneration that can be heaped upon him. Amazing story! Allan W. Eckert is a terrific writer and story teller.
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