War on the Run: The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the Conquest of America's First Frontier

Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
Length: 21 hrs and 3 mins
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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.

©2009 John F. Ross (P)2018 Tantor Audio

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Very interesting.

A good work about a misunderstood, flawed, and overlooked character from the American Colonial experience. Book does a very good job of examining Rogers legacy, and impact on today's military doctrine. The lessons he learned, taught, and were subsequently forgotten. If you are interested in Colonial history this is one to have.

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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.

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Rogers on the Run

A thorough account of the life and accomplishments of Colonel Robert Rogers, the Father of Ranging and Rangers that so impacts warfighting and special operators today. More than a biography, one gets a picture of the very English (and to a lesser extent British) air of superiority and stubbornness that inflamed fires of revolution separating old world ways from the new.

Rogers was at the leading edge of an enlightened and creative way of war that simultaneously threatened his small minded and jealous English superiors. Of particular note, Gen Thomas Gage was central in ruining his career time and again. Rogers, an energetic and indomitable problem solver; was also a spendthrift, a woefully naive leader, feared by both peers and commanders, and mistreated by the very ones who could have employed him more successfully. He understood and respected native Americans in ways no one else did or ever will ...

A great life story, but broken and disappointing in his sadly unreached potential.

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WOW!!!

You will not be able to put this down! I was completely captivated and taken in. It helps that the events of this book occurred where I grew up and there is a damn good chance that Rogers walked across my property in 1759! If not he would have been no more than a mile from it. There is a great deal to learn from this book and I cannot recommend it enough!

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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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Learn to pronounce correctly

I would have rated the performance higher, but his pronunciation of many words was sketchy. Mainly, Rogers’. It’s not Rogers-es. It’s Rogers-s. Learn to pronounce if your going to narrate.

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Rogers Rangers

if you enjoy reading about the early history of the United States, then you will really enjoy this book. It shares the detailed life of Robert Rogers and his struggles through the French & Indian War, until his death . I strongly endorse this book.

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A good listen on a often forgotten man of history

Well written & narration on the man, myth & legend Robert Rodgers. An American raised on the frontier in Colonial America. No military training in the literal sense that we think of. Growing up comes to be the father of the Rangers with his principles that he authored still taught today. A complex man was he a thief? Perhaps the devil as he Native American opponents characterized him? No doubt about his bravery but a victim of times of peace for a man of war? Listen & decide for yourself. You will not be sorry that you did!

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Michilimackinac

The pronounciantion of a few words, especially "Michilimackinac" was incredibly distracting. Overall, an interesting take on Rogers' story.