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4.00290697674419 out of 54.00290697674419 out of 54.00290697674419 out of 54.00290697674419 out of 54.00290697674419 out of 5 4.00 (1,032 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Allan W. Eckert Narrator: Kevin Foley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781452671161
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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 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, 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. 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyler Roberts | 2/8/2014

    " Compelling story. The author is a master at taking you back in time and putting you in touch with the nations real history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hawaiian Source | 1/28/2014

    " Excellent overview of the settlement of the Ohio-Kentucky area during the time of the Revolution. Main characters are Simon Kenton and Tecumseh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 1/25/2014

    " Excellent book-I recommend it to everyone!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 1/21/2014

    " Holy cow what a towering character, Simon Kenton, the Frontiersman. He was a contemporary of Daniel Boone and one of the first white man in the Ohio River valley, living and fighting Indians in Kentucky and Ohio. As I got to half way thru this book, I broke down and looked him up on Wikipedia. He indeed was a real person. His capture and degradation by being made to run 9 gauntlets, "Bahdler" comes across as something of a superman. I gather he was rather enormous in size for that time period. This book shows how the early settlers had to endure many killings and war party raids by the Shawnee Indians. These early settlers were as tough and stubborn as the Texans that endured the same at the hands of the Comanches (described in Empire of the Summer Moon). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie Hicks | 1/20/2014

    " Allan Eckert is amazing. He brings every detail back to us from the past and relates it so well to the footnotes of the here and now. I just love all his work and this is where my Eckert-adventures began. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Kaylor | 1/18/2014

    " This is history and a good read. I didn't find his other books as much fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 12/29/2013

    " REad this a long time ago. Read the two other books in the trilogy. Very informative and entertaining. Engrossing. Have read other books by Allan Eckert including adolescent fiction The Owl Calls my Name. Very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dwayne | 12/28/2013

    " One of the best books I have ever read. I read it for the first time in 1977, and I discover something new everytime I read it. If you are a fan of early American history, I highly recommend this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanie | 12/4/2013

    " Historically accurate, but maybe because most of his sources are letters and diaries, the information tends to be violent incidents that would be worthy of a diary entry, I guess. Anyway, many of the incidents he reports were so violent that I did not like the book and had to skim read much of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lo | 8/14/2013

    " I'd give the first half of the book 5 stars and then the 2nd half 3.5 stars. Seemed to become almost a different book after the 1st half. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 5/1/2013

    " Cool period of history, and easy to follow the lives of the main characters. But just too long and gory for my personal, girlie taste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary Goosman | 1/23/2013

    " I think everyone living in Southern Ohio should read this book. It explains so much of the history and development of our region. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Houchens | 1/17/2013

    " One of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 10/22/2012

    " Fantastic book, riveting history of early frontiersman and the indians they encountered, like Tecumseh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 10/18/2012

    " This book and Eckert's 4 others in this series literally made history come alive for me! Yes, it is graphic and at times gruesome. However, it is our history, and it portrays human nature at its best and worst. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 8/1/2012

    " Wow! Great story of the formation of the Ohio Valley. Interwoven and a page turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lance | 7/16/2012

    " The best book about native americans I have ever read. A must read for those that have any interest in Native Americans especially Ohio natives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 5/21/2011

    " read this book three times...it's that good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 4/21/2011

    " I loved the history of this book. It was a little too detailed for my taste, but the history takes place literally right outside the door of my house, which made it fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 3/30/2011

    " All of Eckert's books are classics. When the frontier was in the eastern United States. His books give us history, up close and personal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nita | 3/6/2011

    " Actually didn't make it through this book. Just too violent. Made me so sad to think this is the history of Ohio and surrounding states. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maura | 3/3/2011

    " True confession - I did not finish the book. It was very interesting and well written and quite entertaining with the true facts and story line weaving but there was just too much fighting and killing between the whites and the Indians. I just wasn't enjoying the experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 1/11/2011

    " The first book in Eckert's series "The Winning of America." Together with the other volumns, "Wilderness Empire, The Conquerors, Wilderness War, Gateway to Empire and Twilight of Empire" constitute one of the finest American histories ever written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/14/2010

    " Simon Kenton, Tecumseh, Blue Jacket, and so many more in the early years of this country. Fascinating rendition of the discovery of Ohio and Kentucky. The Indians were not the only ones performing massacres on other humans (no surprise). Honest, unsanitized narrative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis | 9/14/2010

    " A classic book about the settling of Ohio and the Northwest territories. Allan Eckert brings the story of Tecumseh, Simon Kenton, and a whole cast of others to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 8/22/2010

    " Excellent book-I recommend it to everyone!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley | 3/19/2010

    " One of my top five favorites. Every Ohioan should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Costacoralito | 3/9/2010

    " His best book in a series of historical novels showing the way we wrested control of the land from the Indians. We written and very graphic in descriptions of the atrocities on both sides and characters that come alive on the pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 3/7/2010

    " Wow! Great story of the formation of the Ohio Valley. Interwoven and a page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis | 1/8/2010

    " This novelized non-fiction was far more enjoyable to read than some of the other American history books I've read. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Kevin Foley has more than thirty years of experience in radio and television broadcasting, commercial voice-overs, and audiobook narration. He has recorded more than 150 audiobooks, including Storm Rising by Gary Naiman, The Last Witness by Joel Goldman, and River Thunder by Gary McCarthy, for which he earned a Spur Award for Best Audiobook from the Western Writers of America. He has also won an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine for his narration of Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky.