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The frontiersmen were a remarkable breed of men. They were often rough and illiterate, sometimes brutal and vicious, and often seeking an escape in the wilderness of mid-America from crimes committed back east. In the beautiful but deadly country which 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 eighteenth birthday, Kenton had already won frontier renown as woodsman, fighter, and scout. His incredible physical strength and endurance as well as his great dignity and innate kindness made him the ideal prototype of the frontier hero.

Yet there is another story to The Frontiersmen—the story of one of history’s greatest leaders. 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 of the American Indian.

No less important, The Frontiersmen is the story of wilderness America itself, its penetration and settlement, and it is Eckert’s particular grace to be able to evoke life and meaning from the raw facts of this story. In The Frontiersmen, not only do we care about our long-forgotten fathers—we live again with them.

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  • “Historian-novelist Eckert has fashioned an epic narrative history of the struggle for dominance of the Ohio River Valley that makes compelling [listening].”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Louis | 11/24/2016

    " A very enlightening perspective upon early American advancement. And an insight into just how bad we screwed the Native Americans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eric Zimmerman | 2/12/2014

    " Yes, there are lots of characters. Yes, it is long. But it's damn good. And true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Randy | 2/10/2014

    " The writer did an amazing job of making the book interesting and staying true to historical facts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Angie | 2/9/2014

    " This is the first book I can remember someone recommending to me (probably when I was about 16). My dad's cousin told me it was the most graphic book she'd ever read. Very good historical fiction. "

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About the Author
Author Allan W. Eckert

Allan W. Eckert is a seven-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and the author of over forty books, including the award-winning Incident at Hawk’s Hill and Twilight of Empire. His books include other historical narratives, novels, and nonfiction works, as well as books for young adults and children.