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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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    LARRY Harrisburg, NC, United States 07-23-12
    LARRY Harrisburg, NC, United States 07-23-12
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    "Really cool book."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Frontiersmen to be better than the print version?

    Don't know.


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

    Which exciting part, they were all good. Had to research many of the characters.


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

    Simon of course


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Did you relaize...?


    Any additional comments?

    great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 07-18-12
    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Little know history, great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recomend this book to anyone who is interested in early American history.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    No, it is a great story but it would be overwhelming to listen to all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Ronald United States 07-17-12
    Ronald United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Outstanding American History"
    What made the experience of listening to The Frontiersmen the most enjoyable?

    Factual information presented around two incredible historical figures native american Techumseh and Simon Kenton. A frontiersman in the tradition of Daniel Boone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tecumseh- clairvoyant,courageous and honroable warrior.


    What about Kevin Foley’s performance did you like?

    Excellent reader.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Dont miss this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Washington, United States Minor Outlying Islands 03-23-12
    Ron Washington, United States Minor Outlying Islands 03-23-12
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    "Incredible Book!"

    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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    Andrew Flowery Branch, GA, United States 03-15-12
    Andrew Flowery Branch, GA, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Engaging presentation of historical fact"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an insiders view of a time when maybe one or two European explorers had ventured into Ohio and Kentucky, and then how the flood of settlements broke loose. All this with the ongoing development of the colonies, the founding of the US and the wars with the British. The story centers on Simon Kenton, a man as famous (or more so) than Daniel Boone.


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    john gibraltar., Gibraltar 03-10-12
    john gibraltar., Gibraltar 03-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Havent finisished yet,but its excellent."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes because for me its excellent.


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

    Still havent finished,but its so graphicall.


    Any additional comments?

    When Ive completely finished I will be able to give a more overall assessment.

    Thank you.

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    Ronnie Mars, PA, United States 12-27-11
    Ronnie Mars, PA, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "another of my top 10"

    Allen W Eckert is another great writer and Kevin Foley puts you in it. just a great book. see for yourself

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    James Midlothian, VA, United States 11-10-11
    James Midlothian, VA, United States 11-10-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Cannot praise highly Enough!!!"

    Allan Eckert is one of the greatest historical writers of all time. His research is in depth and substantial and his translation of history into narrative is a genuine pleasure to read. I have read all of his early American books several times and am so very excited to see this book in audio! I just hope and pray more of his books will become available on audio.

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    e davis new albany, indiana, United States 09-15-11
    e davis new albany, indiana, United States 09-15-11 Member Since 2011
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    "thoroughly entertaining...but with some fiction"
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    wonderfully entertaining to read...but sadly too much so in parts as the author is sometimes too liberal with his narrative. There are some definite fictions interspersed to make for a better story but that did not actually happen.

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    PAUL surprise, az, United States 03-25-13
    PAUL surprise, az, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2011

    my ipod and audible make the daily 10 mile walks a "breeze"....

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    "good narrative about the beginning of the country"
    Where does The Frontiersmen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    on a scale of 1 to 10...10 being perfect....give it a 6


    Would you be willing to try another book from Allan W. Eckert? Why or why not?

    no opinion...lukewarm at this time


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

    great voices...


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    if you read/listen to the book...pay special attention to the capture of simon kenton and the 9 times he ran the gauntlet......wow...those indians were really brutal with the torture.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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