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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

Critic Reviews

"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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a wonderful story and enticing narration.

this wonderful true store keeps you wanting more after every chapter. couldnt put it down.

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Great story<br /> <br /><br />

Gripping and exciting story of the frontiersman Simon Kenton and the opening of the western territory in the early days on the country

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Gorey details.

Great book but was put way more gorey than needed. Would recommend this to all interested in history.

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Great experience

The story is excellently told. Real history in an entertaining way. Eckert seems to do well giving the perspective fairly from all sides of a conflict. Nicely told and read.

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A must read!

This is an excellent work! Highly recommend this. If you live in Kentucky or Ohio or are interested in this era you won’t regret spending time to listen to this.

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Best find all year!

True history with great story telling. All characters come to life. Every young man will love it. And old men

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Great read.

The story grabs you and won’t let go. The history of this country is very bloody and very violent. I had no idea all of this went on, and the performance brings it to life in a way that you can’t help but picture it as it happened. I will listen to this again and again.

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sorry that it's over. I enjoyed the entire thing.

I enjoyed the entire book. I am sorry to have had it end. I read it years ago when I was in school. This is a must read for anyone who lives I'm the Ohio or Kentucky States. I think they should learn how these people and places came to be.

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I felt like I was there.

What a wonderful history. I am usually terrible at remembering names and specific details. I guess I need Kevin Foley to walk around with me when being introduced to people and places. I’ll remember these historical people and places a long time.
My compliments to Allan Eckert for the research he put into this book. It pays off.
Also I must say I am loving this Audible thing. I am in my car a lot and although I have always be a reader, this has opened a whole new place for me.

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Best Historical novel

Where does The Frontiersmen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top of the line. Such accuracy on the settling of Kentucky and Ohio. Simon Kenton never got the publicity of Daniel Boone but without him there is no doubt that history would have been very different.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Being from New England we ever learned abut the frontiesman Simon Kenton or the complexity of a character like Simon Girty.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Simon was captured by the Shawnee and the ordeal that followed

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

This book made me appreciate the sacrifices that our ancestors made and how tough it was just to survive. I also felt bad for the genocide of the Native American. There was just so much hate on both sides it was impossible to maintain a real peace. If the Indian tribes had alll embraced Tecumseh we might be looking at a different America today.

Any additional comments?

The narrator was also excellent and by the inflections he used in different scenes it made it easy to listen at long intervals. It made my work day fly by