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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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  • Whitney
  • Orlando, FL, United States
  • 06-08-11

A Masterpiece for History Novel Enthusiasts!

I am an incredible dork when comes to history. Unfortunately, I was never a big fan of history class. The reason was this: I have always been of the mind that history is a story - of people and places and experiences - but the people who write history books are not storytellers. Allan W Eckert is a masterful storyteller. As it tells you in the beginning of the this audiobook, he spent most of a decade tracking down and sifting through historical records, and specifically people's diaries, to weave together the stories and people he brings once more to life in this remarkable book. And it's all real. The people, their names, their lives, their stories. All real. I kept having to remind myself of that as I was listening/reading this book. It is a novel. It reads like a novel. But everything in it is historical fact. It is a beautiful amalgamation of history and literature. If you love history, biographies, or historical fiction (my personal favorite) you will LOVE this book! It is a must read for you! Happy Listening -Whitney

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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All I Can Say Is "AWESOME"

This is history at its best! Except you don't realize that you're getting a history lesson while reading it. Learning about Daniel Boone, Blue Jacket, Techumpsa (Techumpsa) and a serious frontiersman - Simon Kenton.

You certainly didn't learn this in school and would have paid more attention and enjoyed the time better if it had been taught like this book!

If you didn't realize for example, that Daniel Boone's life was saved by a frontiersman named Simon Kenton and how Daniel Boone got into that situation (as well as numerous other things that happened similarly exciting) you'll love this book in your collection.

For my own part, I could not put it down...I wanted to listen to 'what would happen next' at every idle moment.

What more can be said?

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Eric
  • Chico, CA, United States
  • 03-23-11

Couldn't put it down

First book in a long time that I couldn't put down. I stayed up until 4:00am to finish it up. The reader is the best in the industry and the content is amazing in detail. If you like early American Frontiersman stories, you'll love this one.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Awsome Book

I have read this book several times and listening I gained a greater understanding of the life and time of notable people late 1700s frontier. Allen Eckert books are awsome and provide a picture of frontier life in Kentucky,Ohio, and Indiana. Hope more come out in audio form.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • BB
  • 05-19-11

Terriffic Read

A masterful woven story on what life was like in northern KY, WV and Ohio in the 1770-1810s. Very credible read. Well balanced and well researched. The Narration was superb. Kudos to the narrator. This book should be mandatory reading for all KY,WV and OH high schooler as to how their states were formed.

One of the best Audible books I've listened to.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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You Are There

Allan Eckert published The Frontiersmen over a decade ago. I have just returned to renew acquaintance with this work and have been rewarded by the effort. Eckert presents history as narrative and in this book he describes the lives, sacrifices, and problems faced by American frontiersmen – white and Indian alike. At the same time this book can be gut wrenching, eye opening, heart breaking, and entertaining. Sections dealing with the relationships between the Indians, settlers, and the US government are nuanced and particularly painful to read. If you will give over a little time and turn some pages, Eckert will make early American history – westward expansion, Daniel Boone, William Henry Harrison, the fight for Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley all come to life The reading of Kevin Foley is excellent.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Bolingbrook, Illinois, United States
  • 06-12-11

Spell binding and informative. An excellent read.

I thoroughly enjoyed this exceptionally well written book about early America. Very descriptive as to life in the era. I hope more of Mr. Eckert's historical books will soon be available from Audible.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Kenneth
  • Leawood, KS, United States
  • 05-26-11

Allan Eckerd

I like any of his books, so factual and well written....Story flows well and tells history in a novel format that keeps you listening.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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The Beginning of a Wonderful Series of Books.

Allan Eckert brings the 'New Frontier' into such a stark and vast understanding of what life was like back then, it is amazing. This is so much more than History, it is true Life. I have read all the books in this series and find them unequaled by any other Author. The amazing detail and research shows on every page. I can only hope that Audible will have more of his books on line soon for everyone to enjoy. I appreciate being able to revisit this book in it's Unabridged version and the Narrator does a fantastic job with all the Characters that you come across. His speech and pace, pronunciation of the Indian Dialect is spot on. Thanks so much for making this such an outstanding listen.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • CC
  • New England
  • 04-30-11

Favorite author

I am so happy to see Allan Eckert's The Frontiersman on Audible.com. His work is excellent and I am looking forward to the rest of the Winning of America books to be available here. Thank you Audible!!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Chosroes
  • 06-15-15

Very American

Excellent book well read though the mellifluous style of Mr foley can occasionally sound incongruous when describing atrocities or torture

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  • Paul
  • 02-03-15

Masterpiece

I'll be surprised and delighted if I ever read / listen to a more engaging, thorough and plain interesting book than this.