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In the darkest days of the American Revolution, Francis Marion and his band of militia freedom fighters kept hope alive for the patriot cause during the critical British southern campaign. Like the Robin Hood of legend, Marion and his men attacked from secret hideaways before melting back into the forest or swamp. Employing insurgent tactics that became commonplace in later centuries, Marion and his brigade inflicted losses on the enemy that were individually small but cumulatively a large drain on British resources and morale.

In The Swamp Fox, the first major biography of Marion in more than 40 years, John Oller compiles striking evidence to provide a fresh look at Marion the man and how he helped save the American Revolution.

©2016 John Oller (P)2016 Tantor

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This was a fascinating story of a true patriot.

Really enjoyed this book on the life and legend of Francis Marion. Appreciate the fact the author was fair in his take on the person Francis Marion. Would most certainly recommend this to anyone who is interested in history.

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The Swamp Fox - Francis Marion

Performance: Very good, no issues.

Content: I purchased this book since I knew little of the American Revolution in this "theater" or in the Southern Colonies. It was interesting to read more about this person's life, his motivations, and his tactics. Like the Washington, his tactics and actions range from the tactical level to the operational / strategic ... that is it affected the outcome of the war by tying down British forces in the countryside; a goal of all weaker forces and insurgents. Finally, the discussion on French Huguenot roots, customs, and relations were interesting and unknown to me before this novel. His physical description and personal life are very out of step with the traditional tall, dashing figures we see in many leaders.

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Not the Disney story, better!

Fantastic account of the swamp fox's life! Lot of history facts that typically not taught in schools. Plenty of information on the South Carolina colony and the skirmishes and battles fought during the Revolutionary War. Great Book!!!!

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A Riveting Account of the Heroic "Washington of the South"

Truly an unsung hero of the American revolution, Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, played a pivotal role in the colonial victory by blocking England's southern strategy - clearing the way for Washington's victories in the north. The book describes in fascinating detail Marion's uncanny ability to elude the many British hunter/killer troops sent out to eliminate him, all the while eating is hard scrabble

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  • Jerrbear
  • Post Falls, ID United States
  • 12-06-17

Plenty of reality, but little romance

This history is well-organized, well-written, and doubtless accurate, but lacks much color or romance, which perhaps is all that should be expected of a historical tome. Having finished it, I feel like I know Marion better. I find that he does indeed deserve the admiration that his exploits engendered, but don't really feel like I have heard a story. I do feel like it was worthy of my time, but now i would like to be entertained.

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Terrific history lesson!

I really enjoyed this audio book. I moved to the Charleston area 2 years ago and this book made all of the locations and history of this part of South Carolina come alive. I highly recommend this book to everyone who is interested in the founding of this great country!

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very informative

Learned a lot. Hadn't heard much about the Revolution in the South. Lots of information but not boring.

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A man of humanity!

Fantastic book which gives a real look of the humane way of war that Gen. Washington wanted. No killing just for revenge or cruelty. Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, was deservedly called the George Washington of the South.

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Superb!

Amazing storytelling. With very little publicly known about Marion, this book provides an enlightening view of how Marion influenced South Carolinians to this day.

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  • GWA1225
  • Williamsburg, VA
  • 08-24-18

The Swamp Fox gets his due ~

I’ve been married for 46 years to a South Carolina native and historian whose first career was 33 years at the National Archives, and she began doing research and writing in original sources from the pension application records submitted by Revolutionary War veterans. Myself, I’ve learned a fair amount about her native state and over the past several years of retirement in Williamsburg VA have really enjoyed getting deeper into Colonial/Revolutionary history via Audible. After several volumes by McCullough and Chernow, Audible suggested this book, with which I was immediately intrigued. I knew I’d find the subject matter interesting, as I’d been steeped in Swamp Fox lore by my wife, but wondered how the author, unknown to me, would measure up. I needn’t have wondered. John Oller’s gift for writing and exhaustive original-source research were immediately obvious and set forth in detail the breadth and importance of the feats of the under-appreciated SC militiamen under Marion’s brilliant command. My wife and daughter, both voracious and sophisticated readers, read the book in hard copy and enjoyed it equally.
Five stars for Mr. Oller. I’d give it six if I could.