Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Ethan Allen: His Life and Times Hardcover – August 22, 2011
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
This is the first biography of Ethan Allen in half a century, and the only one to render him a psychologically complicated, fully flawed hero of the American Revolution. (Joseph J. Ellis, author of Founding Brothers and American Sphinx)
Willard Sterne Randall has few equals as a writer. A careful and meticulous historian, and an esteemed biographer, Randall has marshaled his many talents to produce the definite biography of Ethan Allen, one of the most fascinating figures in the founding of the American nation.... a must read. (John Ferling, author of Independence)
This is the powerful story about an essential and little-understood figure in American history. Willard Randall writes with grace and insight, and Ethan Allen is an engaging biography. (Jon Meacham, author of American Lion)
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
Bottom line: Don't be fooled by "reviews" by potential customers who are in fact reviewing Amazon's pricing policies. Give this book the chance it deserves. You will be well rewarded.
Vermont State Senator
This book is obviously the product of extensive research into the subject matter. Randall's writing style made this book impossible to put down as the chapters read like a novel rather than a biography.
I highly recommend this book -- not only because it is about an underappreciated American Hero -- but because it is a great book.
There is lack of understanding of New England geogaphy. For instance, Worcester, MA(our 2nd largest city) is not "on the Connecticut River"(page 6-hardcover) and in fact over 40 miles away. Allen couldn't "have followed the Batten Kill"(page 178 into Pownal from the South as as in fact the Batten Kill never goes into Pownal but flows 3 towns to the north. Fort William Henry is on the southern, not northern(page 103), part of Lake George. On page 253 it states that Pittsford is 20 miles from Bennnington whereas it is actually over 55 miles. On page 299, the book states that Westminter is in the "southwest" part of Vermont when according to Mapquest it is actually as far east as it can be given it is on the Connecticut River(the NH/VT border). There also seems to be very little knowledge of the way rivers/lakes flow in Vermont and Upstate NY.
Inconsistencies are also frequent. For example, on page 190 its indicates Benning Wentworth(NH) chartered 140 towns, yet on page 194 it says 127 and on page 195 its says 137. To top it off, on page 243, the book indicates 178 towns. Another inconsistency is where Ethan Allen's cousin, Remember Baker lived. On pages 177/178 it is stated stated that Baker's home was Pownal for 4 years prior to 1767 or starting in 1763/1764. Yet on pages 363/364, it is stated that Baker lived in Arlington for 12 years prior to 1775(when he was killed) which would mean he was in Arlington, not Pownal, from 1763/1764. This inconsistency also raises the whole question of Baker ever having a home in Pownal. Another Baker inconsistency is referring to his only wife on page 263 as Desire and on page 364 as Deane. No explanation. Proofreading should have caught this.
An unexplainable error is referring to the Catamount Tavern(Vermont's most storied and documented Tavern)as Landlord Dewey's(see Index page 587 and pages 357 and 237. This is remarkable given the reference on page 262 the author himself uses includes a word for word quote of the reward Allen put out for New York officials and in that quote indicates they are to be brought back to "Landlord Fays" (the Catamount Tavern). Proofreading should have red flagged this. The Catamount Tavern was the headquarters of the Green Mountain Boys and John Stark prior to the Battle of Bennington.
The above are only a few of the errors and inconsistencies in the book. Apparent inconsistencies should be explained.
Looking at the acknowledgements, one must ask whom in Bennington Vermont proofread this book for historical accuracy? Allen lived in Bennington and the headquarters of the Green Mountain Boys(Catamount Tavern) was there. There is good museum and research library there but there are no acknowledgements. Because the writing style is good, this could be good book about the flamboyant founding father Ethan Allen. However, it needs some serious proofreading and corrections.