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Wilderness Empire by Allan W. Eckert
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Mr. Eckert id an excellent practitioner of history. His deliberate choice, as outlined in his introduction, to let the personages speak for themselves so far as possible makes his massive achievement in American history very accessible. It is certainly better than Zane Grey's fictions of this period, and of course vastly preferable to James Fenimore cooper. Eckert's rival in this area is Parkman, but since his books in paperback have had a good deal of exposure, I'm sure that those readers who thought they were getting a novel, but stayed to see how the reality worked out, had the wonderful time that I did.
This book follows the fortunes of the Iroquois, and the Irish immigrant, Sir William Johnson. I did into this book often.
I prefer Eckert's use of the term "Narrative" to that of Shelby Foote in his pro-CSA trilogy. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jun 23, 2014 |
Fantastic account of the American frontier from 1715 thru the French & Indian War period. The author uses primary sources to fill in a narrative style that makes this book read like a novel.

All sides in the conflict had equal time, from military men on both sides, colonists, traders, and especially the native americans who seldom recieve fair treatment in histories. ( )
  SgtBrown | Oct 3, 2008 |
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True and lasting friendship is always a rare commodity, a great blessing, a priceless gift. For the unquestioning and unwavering friendship he has given to me, this book is dedicated with sincere warmth, appreciation and affection to Homer S. Rhode
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Whipped to a frenzy by the French, the Iroquois  were cutting a swath of desolation from New York to  Virginia. Terrified settlers banded together, no  match for the Indians' cunning. Cabins were  burned, entire families massacred, victims scalped,  captives tortured. Yet, in the end, the Iroquois  would pay the highest price.

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