In his biography, author Ben Z. Rose focuses on a handful of key people in John Stark's life in an effort to gain insight into his motivation and character. These include his wife, Elizabeth "Molly" Stark, who hailed from a prominent Puritan family; his oldest son, Caleb, who enlisted in the Continental Army at the age of 15; Robert Rogers, founder of the colonial ranger force that bears his name; Seth Warner, the Green Mountain Ranger who fought for Vermont's independence; fellow-New Hampshire Revolutionary War General John Sullivan, who fought alongside Stark at the Battle of Trenton; and Horatio Gates, who rivaled George Washington for leadership of the Continental Army.
John Stark inspired the phrase "Live Free or Die" in a letter to the citizens of Vermont almost 200 years ago during a Battle of Bennington reunion. Stark's sentiment at the time was clearly intended to warn against another British invasion, which occurred a short time later when the British burned down the US Congress during the War of 1812.
As we live in an age where the pendulum swings between concerns over the intrusion of government in our daily lives and fear of foreign enemies, Stark's words speak to us with the same relevance as he did more than 200 years ago.
This book is a great read: lots of facts, battle details and an informative timeline. This man is also my grandfather: 6 generations deep, so reading about him is not only... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Meremebjo
This book fills in a lot of background information on Stark. He really was a competent leader. One of the true heroes of the American Revolution.Published on June 15, 2013 by Norton
Having recently visited Bennington, Vermont I became interested in Gen John Stark. Especially sence the people of Vermont and New Hampshire still think very highly of him. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by shotout 68
Excellent historical book on a man who virtually saved the revolution under Washington et. al. Without the Battle of Bennington, we may not have been a nation. Read morePublished on September 9, 2009 by opechee1391
Ben Rose's "John Stark" illuminates the life and exploits of an unsung Revolutionary War hero whose creed "Live Free or Die" became the Motto of the State of New Hampshire and is... Read morePublished on July 20, 2007 by William Becklean