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Often hailed as the godfather of today's elite special forces, Robert Rogers trained and led an unorthodox unit of green provincials, raw woodsmen, farmers, and Indian scouts on "impossible" missions in colonial America that are still the stuff of soldiers' legend. The child of marginalized Scots-Irish immigrants, Rogers learned to survive in New England's dark and deadly forests, grasping, as did few others, that a new world required new forms of warfare. 

John F. Ross not only re-creates Rogers's life and his spectacular battles with breathtaking immediacy and meticulous accuracy, but brings a new and provocative perspective on Rogers's unique vision of a unified continent, one that would influence Thomas Jefferson and inspire the Lewis and Clark expedition. Rogers's principles of unconventional war-making would lay the groundwork for the colonial strategy later used in the War of Independence - and prove so compelling that army rangers still study them today. Robert Rogers, a backwoods founding father, was heroic, admirable, brutal, canny, ambitious, duplicitous, visionary, and much more - like America itself.

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Truly an epic story

Of Rogers the colonies and England. And he’s the one who captured Nathan Hale A special ops pioneer

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Good but with flaws

America's first military hero, Robert Rodgers adapted to Native American warfare and used it to help turn Britain's fortunes in the French and Indian war. A prolific writer, Rodgers' legacy lives on today.

While it is still a very good book, detailing his methods, exploits and battles, the book is one sided in favoritism of Rodgers. Anyone critical of him at the time was either jealous or misinformed . George Washington didn't trust him. This mistrust was proven with his seduction of Nathan Hale.

It was long in spots. For example, he had a manual published in England. But the book also talked about other authors published by this publisher, and commenced to read some of the poems of this other author. Then as contrast, the last 15 years of his life are sped through in a couple pages. Was there a lack of material or did he not want to discuss in detail negative aspects of his life.

The narrator took a little while to get used to. First off, in the beginning of the book there was a list of characters. So he just read these lists without explanation to all sudden you start hearing French names and you don't understand what's going on. He also talks a little like Chief Wiggum from The Simpsons, so it took a little while to get used to.