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A Narrative of Colonel Ethan Allen's Captivity

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ISBN-10: 1583900098
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About the Author

Stephen Carl Arch received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia in 1989. Since then he has taught at Michigan State University where he is currently Assocaite professor and Associate Chair in the Department of English. In 1996 he received the Walt Whitman Fellowship in the Fulbright Program and taught for one semester at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He is the author of "Authoring the Past: The Rhetoric of History in Seventeenth Century New England" (DeKalb: Northern Illinois Univ. Press,1994) and of articles in Early American Literature, The William and Mary Quarterly and other scholarly journals.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 73 pages
  • Publisher: Copley Publishing Group (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583900098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583900093
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,053,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a quick and easy read about a interesting character from the Revolutionary War. We have his account of the Battle of Ticonderoga and his attempt to take Montreal. He portrays himself as a brave, smart, self-educated man and that is probably all true but unfortunately, his accounts of events don't always match the accounts given by other, sometimes more reliable, historical figures. That doesn't change how much fun this narrative is to read but it does change how you read it. What were Ethan Allen's motives for writing this? We know several. He wrote this before the war was over and the enthusiasm for the war was beginning to fade so this was partly to pump up the flagging spirits of the Americans with a story of how strong the American character is. It was partly self-aggrandizement because Allen wanted to be thought of as a gentleman. It was definitely a chance to get his version of events out for the world to see and compare with the versions characters such as Benedict Arnold were telling.

Whatever his motives were, any lover of American history is going to find this book fascinating. Ethan Allen was fighting for America before it actually existed. If he strays from the exact truth here or there, it just kind of celebrates who he was. He was attempting to give show himself as an archetype of the American spirit and he definitely succeeded in that.
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This book is perfect for American history buffs. It is written by Ethan Allen, the Revolutionary War hero who captured Fort Ticonderoga. It describes the Ticonderoga episode and then tells of Allen's captivity by the British after his unsuccessful attempt to take Montreal. Allen is a wonderful American historical figure and it is most interesting to read of his experiences first hand. This book is a good companion to Stewart Holbrook's delightful and sympathetic historical biography of Allen, Ethan Allen. Allen is one of the least remembered heroes of that bygone era and definitely deserves more attention than he gets in today's history books. He was intelligent, self-educated, outrageous, gallant, brave, profane, classy and is just plain fun to read about.
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The tale of Ethan Allen's captivity brought to life the machinations of his mind during his captivity by the British after his taking of Fort Ticinderoga. Although it does not give the history of his motives prior to the Revolution, it does give an idea of his character and spirit. Well written by Allen himself, and thoroughly interesting for the history fanatic.
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Facinating! True story of Ethan Allen's treatment as a prisoner of the British. A must read for those Revolutionary War buffs.
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This book is smallish and VERY thin... about 40 pages or so. I felt like it was WAY overpriced.
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