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"Butts delivers a fine historical account of the life and times of a little known figure in eighteenth century North American history."

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"Wilderness Warrior boldly describes the many battle scenes and relationship dynamics that defined the American Revolution... Butts does an excellent job keeping the reader interested." (Resource Links)

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Was the frontiersman Simon Girty a monster as painted by his U.S. enemies in the American Revolution, or was he a hero and benefactor of First Nations people as celebrated by Canadian and American Natives and the British?
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Product Details

  • Series: Quest Biography (Book 29)
  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (August 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554889499
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554889495
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read a lot of History books. This book doesn't read like a History book; it reads like Fiction. Still, it puts forward facts and clearly illustrates the Author's version of the truth about what happened between the newly formed United States and the Native people at the end of the 18th Century. As a local History buff from Pittsburgh, PA, (who lives along Girty's Run), I really enjoyed reading about the actual individuals behind so many street and neighborhood names around my city, and I was glad to see a somewhat more positive perspective on Historic figures who are so often painted in a sinister light on my side of the border.

However, this isn't a book that portrays the Native Americans as innocent bystanders under European domination, nor does it glorify the British over the Americans. What comes out of the pages of this book is a story about an often forgotten War tucked between the American Revolution and the War of 1812, a War that was never officially given a name, a War that was symptomatic of Global changes in Technology and Culture that were transforming everything, a War between the old ways and the unstoppable future.

If you are interested in an easy to read historical narrative about a fascinating character in a fascinating time, this is a good book. The style of writing is creative non-fiction, with action and suspense and drama, hence it is not an Academic History book. It was exciting to follow the Author as he 'plead the case' of one of American History's biggest Revolutionary Era villains from a Canadian and Native American historic perspective.
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Interesting, but take notes, there are too many names of early American soldiers and frontiersmen, British officers and soldiers and Indians. I always had wanted to know more about Girty, as he was born in the area of Harrisburg, PA where I was born and lived for a few year.
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Very concise volume that explores the life of a member of one family that influenced the history of both the United States and Canada. Simon Girty was a larger than life human being who made life adjustments which were necessary for his survival. Delighted with this volume as it is well written, moves at a respectable pace and leaves little doubt concerning the circumstances which prevailed in the life of Simon Girty whose rightful place in history has been long neglected.
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A long overdue balancing of the reputation of a hero to the native americans. A well written easy read. It sheds more light on an amazing time. Incredable men on both sides of the confrontations.
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I purchased this book as a background source while researching my book Wildcat Mountain.I found the account of Simon Girtys background and life fascinating for tis ,enabling me to portray him as he was and not how history tends to paint him. I would thoroughly recommend it to any student of early American history.
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This is a "can't put it down" book. After the passing of 200 years perhaps the real Simon Girty can be accepted. This book helped me to better understand the betrayal of the Native American people of the time. Thank you, Edward Butts; excellent work.
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The truth is not always popular. There is almost always two sides to every story.
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Great book. Easy to read intoduction into his life.
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