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Tecumseh: A Life Paperback – April 15, 1999
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With Tecumseh, biographer John Sugden expands the scope of his earlier book Tecumseh's Last Stand, which focused exclusively on the chief's final, fatal battle. In both books Sugden displays intimate knowledge of his subject; Tecumseh, however, takes a much more in-depth look at this complex man, his life, and the times that shaped him, and thus should appeal to American-history buffs as well as anyone interested in a carefully crafted biography of a fascinating character. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Tecumseh of course is the famous Shawnee war leader who resisted American expansion into the Northwest Territory in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He has been the subject of many books and movies, many of them fanciful presentations of the mythical image that has grown up around the man that many have called the greatest Indian leader of all time. Tecumseh's dream of a powerful pan-Indian confederacy was visionary in scope as he hoped to unite not just a few, but ALL the Indian tribes east of the Missisippi and beyond against the flood of white settlers pouring across the Appalachian Mountains. Tecumseh came closer than any others to succeeding in that vision, but the British defeat in the War of 1812 and Tecumseh's death at the Battle of Moraviantown in 1813 ended that dream forever.
Sudgen's book helps to dispel many of the myths and tries to present the known facts about Tecumseh's life. While not nearly as engaging as Allan Eckert's "A Sorrow In Our Hearts", this book serves as a decent, if still somewhat slow going telling of the life of an undeniably capable leader. Sudgen also takes time to bash research of other historians who have done work on Tecumseh, ostensibly to help clarify the many myths and misconceptions that have grown up around the Shawnee leader in the past 200 hundred years, but the chapter comes off as more of a rant against other authors and diminishes the impact of the book.Read more ›
Unlike the Eckert volumes, which feature an uncritical inclusion of many of the myths that developed regarding Tecumseh, this is a critical biography. As a result many of the stories that grew up around Tecumseh are examined carefully--many are debunked. What emerges is an all the more remarkable individual who created a legend by serving a cause greater than self. We have Sugden to thank for painting that picture compellingly.
Tecumseh's life and character are well documented and his dream of an Indian confederacy, united to resist the American seizure of Indian land, is the centerpiece of the book. Other Indian leaders, as well as Tecumseh's brother The Prophet, figure in the narative, as do the different approaches the various tribes took in dealing with the Big Knives. An understanding of Tecumseh's life is not the only reward derived from a reading of this book. One also comes away with a much deeper understanding of the divisions within the Indian world and the various problems they faced within a way of life on the road to extinction. At the end, one senses the true depth of the tragedy, and gains an admiration for a man of great character and nobility, who gave of all his energy, in an attempt to save his people and their way of life.
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I heard about this book when I was reading a Navy SEAL book. I can't remember what the Navy SEAL book was but I think the guy's name was Rorke Denver. He sounds like a B.A. Read morePublished 12 months ago by cody181
Frankly, I can't believe that anyone can describe this book as "entertaining" or "a good read". It certainly is neither. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Brad Averill
Lately I’ve been reading about notable Indian leaders, Geronimo, Red Cloud, Quanta Parker and others but Tecumseh was far and away the greatest of them all. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Phil Little
“Tecumseh, A Life” by John Sugden
This a grand treatise on one of the most important yet enigmatic figures in our history. Read more
Living in southern Ohio and in the areas where Tecumseh lived much of his life I found this book very interesting. Read morePublished on May 22, 2014 by William Scudder
The book arrived on time and in the condition indicated. It seems to be the most factual and comprehensive reference available on Tecumseh.Published on May 9, 2014 by Barbara Pratt
As a Shawnee, this book appears to have much accurate info, which is difficult to secure in books by non-Natives.Published on November 20, 2013 by J.C. Eaglesmith