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George Rogers Clark: "I Glory in War" Hardcover – November 1, 2012

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“William Nester does a terrific job of reminding modern readers of George Rogers Clark’s heroism. An important contribution to early U.S. history.” Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America



“As the Hannibal of the West during the American Revolution, George Rogers Clark saw his star shine brightly, but it soon faded due to his own failings, the circumstances he faced, and the machinations of bureaucrats and jealous rivals. Veteran frontier historian William Nester chronicles the rise and fall of Clark in this biography, a must-read for anyone interested in the American Revolution and frontier history.”—James Holmberg, editor of Dear Brother: Letters of William Clark to Jonathan Clark

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William R. Nester is author of numerous books on military history, including The Epic Battles for Ticonderoga, 1758 and The Revolutionary Years, 1775–1789: The Art of American Power during the Early Republic.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806142944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806142944
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Nester is a professor in the Department of Government and Politics at St. John's University in New York City. He is the author of more than thirty books on various aspects of international relations, military history, and the nature of power. His George Rogers Clark: "I Glory in War" received the Army Historical Foundation's best biography award for 2013.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. A. Nofi on January 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
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'Clark (1752-1818) secured much of the region from the Appalachians to the Mississippi for the American cause during the Revolutionary War, but found peace a more difficult opponent than Native Americans or the British, for a time even being put under arrest on possible charges of treason. In this, the first biography of Clark in some two generations, Nester, author of several works on the military history of the late colonial period and the early Republic, focuses on Clark’s campaign in the Illinois country, conducted with considerable skill and even brilliance, in a literal wilderness with very slender resources. Nester attributes Clark’s success to a the man’s great intellect, unusual courage, strong determination, charisma, tact, and a deep understanding of human nature. The book is full of hard marches and desperate fights, both with arms against enemies and with paper against bureaucrats, and a number of very interesting persons (Jefferson, Washington, Joseph Brant, etc.). Although Nester occasionally intrudes some extraneous opinion, this book is of particular value for reminding us how the original “West” was won, this work will be of interest to students of the American Revolution, unconventional warfare, and military leadership.'

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Historian on February 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
First--the review posted on April 17, 2013 is basically nonsense, and should not be heeded by those considering reading this book.
This is a good overview of the life of GRC, nicely written and well-organized. It does not laud him overly, and points out his chief failing-drinking way too much. Book also gives very good detail on the Rev War campaigns of GRC, his 2 postwar Indian campaigns, and his rather odd dallyings with France and Spain in the 1780s and 90s. I absolutely recommend it.
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Great thorough overview of a Revolutionary War hero. The best review of this book, which I agree completely with comes from A. A. Nofi:

"George Rogers Clark (1752-1818) secured much of the region from the Appalachians to the Mississippi for the American cause during the Revolutionary War, but found peace a more difficult opponent than Native Americans or the British, for a time even being put under arrest on possible charges of treason. In this, the first biography of Clark in some two generations, Nester, author of several works on the military history of the late colonial period and the early Republic, focuses on Clark’s man’s Illinois campaign (1778-1779), conducted with considerable skill and even brilliance, in a literal wilderness with very slender resources; at Vincennes, his most important victory, both “armies” together totaled perhaps 450. Nester attributes Clark’s success to a unique combination of a great intellect, unusual courage, strong determination, charisma, tact, and a deep understanding of human nature. The book is full of hard marches and desperate fights, both with arms against enemies and with paper against bureaucrats, and a number of very interesting personalities (some famous and some not, Jefferson, Washington, Fernando de Leyba, Joseph Brant, Patrick Henry, Francesco Vigo, etc.). Although Nester is occasionally free with personal observations or opinions, his book is well-written, interesting, and of particular value for reminding us how the original “West” was won, and will be of interest to students of the American Revolution, unconventional warfare, and military leadership."

I enjoyed reading this book particularly because I am a direct descendant of the Clark / Priest family. Its' great to read the facts about one of my own ancestors. Highly recommended. Great previously unknown information about a Revolutionary War hero!
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9 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jennylouwho on April 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
While throughout his book, especially in the first and last chapter, Nester editorializes with conclusions that are not adequately supported, the facts within his text are clear and well written. The chronology of Clark's campaign and life are presented in a very accessible way, without going off on too many side tracks as many of his other biographers have. Most importantly, it is not necessary to have detailed knowledge about the French-Indian War through the War of 1812 in order to understand the context of Clark's world.

I wish, however that Nester had refrained from interjecting his opinions throughout the text, as fervently as I hope that readers will have the sense to tell the difference between fact and conjecture. Because of that, you won't find this book at George Rogers Clark National Park in Vincennes, Indiana, although you may at some other more liberal Clark sites. The only new "information" are Nester's opinions.
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