- Paperback: 626 pages
- Publisher: Jesse Stuart Foundation; 1 edition (May 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0945084919
- ISBN-13: 978-0945084914
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 626 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Frontiersmen: A Narrative Paperback – May 1, 2001
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We both laugh and cry at tv reporters that ask our young college students basic history questions they are unable to answer. To those teachers that have the privilege of teaching young people please assign Eckert's books for them to read among other things.
The research cited in the Frontiersman is so extensive. I reading it I learned Andrew Jackson, great hero and President might have been ineligible to serve as President. Reliable witnesses of his family said that his mother and father immigrated from Ireland and Andrew was born on the ship enroute to America.
The writing is excellent for a non scholar, one who simply wants a great story of the settling of what was the western frontier during and after the Revolutionary war.
Although the characters are numerous (nearly all actual people) the story centers around Simon Kenton. He is buried no more than 30 miles from where I live and I've seen his grave and monument several times. Now I have a much better appreciation for Simon Kenton. The major battle led by George Rogers Clark is a stones throw from me and I've been there many times - again with a passing glance at his statue and the many plaques describing the battle that took place. And again I will never see them the same way again.
Every summer in Chillicothe there is an outdoor drama "Tecumseh" started about 1970. I've put off seeing that too. I'm getting tickets for that ASAP.
The only complaint I have is technical.The digital copy has more character mistakes than any Kindle book I've ever read. Sometimes very hard to read.
Why a four rating then? Well he does over use his literary license at times and makes some assumptions about some of the characters in the book and too much glorification of his main characters.
But what most impressed me about this book is the format that Eckert devised to tell the story. He writes history as if it were a novel, except he sticks to the truth. The characters talk to each other, instead of a narrator just telling us things like - "Bulter and Johnson agreed to meet again by the river the following summer". So many very knowledgeable historians write in such a dull manner that I appreciate how rare and wonderful Eckert's format is.
(However, Eckert does use the narrator technique heavily in his book *That Dark and Bloody River*, which is a major disappointment to me.)
This is one of a very few books I would recommend to anyone. Another might be *Endurance* by Alfred Lansing; and another might be *Shadow Divers* by Robert Kurson.