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War on the Run: The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the Conquest of America's First Frontier

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  • Posted July 30, 2009

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    Ross's book is stimulating reading with each page.

    John Ross has given the reader an immensely thought provoking, well tuned book balancing Roger's exploits as a frontiersman as well as a diplomat to the Indians. What has been missed in previous works about Rogers has been many of his problems that came as a result of professional jeoulous. The author deftly handled the subject of the debts and intrigue that plauged Rogers through the years. What I found most interesting is Ross's explaination of why some of Rogers' military actions failed. In one phrase: officers in charge.
    Page after page of reading about the mishandling of manpower and resources by the professional British officers resulting in the cost of so many lives caused me to recall books by Richard Marcinko and Charlie Beckwith and the almost criminal incompetence by their superiors that these modern warriors have endured.
    It has become sadly clear that the the modern generals, admirals and politicians still haven't learned this important lesson: that unconventional war, whether in upstate New York or in the world wide war against terror, requires the need for unconventional warrior; it requires unlimited resources adn, most importantly, support to carry out these actions. Rogers' was the godfather of all modern special forces.
    This book will be placed for re-reading next books I own of David McCollough.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    Very good historical read.

    War on the Run presented a personalization of Robert Rogers that showed him as a fallible, yet very effective soldier. It gives flesh and blood to the man I had heard about in history classes. The author was able to make one segment of history come alive.

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  • Posted January 21, 2015

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    George Rogers Clark was the only American leader of North Americ

    George Rogers Clark was the only American leader of North American wilderness war to rival Robert Rogers. Both of their careers were derailed by finances, bureaucrats, and alcohol.Rogers also committed the cardinal sin of allying himself with the British in the Revolution. However, this is a book review, not a history essay. John Ross has done an excellent job of bringing a forgotten American hero to life. His judgements seem balanced although he does seem to give the Major the benefit of the doubt. Was Rogers planning to turn the Old Northwest over to the French? Why did he remain loyal to the British despite their treatment of him? I think Ross might have explored those questions more deeply. That is a small point.He also places Rogers in the context of his era, details his conception of and supervision of the first overland search for the Northwest Passage, tells of his career as a writer and playwright, and explains why he is relevant in the era of little wars in remote lands. You might also want to read the Kenneth Roberts novel Northwest Passage. Roberts admired Rogers and perhaps captured his complicated, contradictory character and his towering ambitions more truly than a biographer could.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Excellent read

    Excellent read about an extrodinary man and times in which he lived. The lessons learned, experiences in which Rogers had drawn from were evident in which he formed and influenced what is know as US Army Rangers. Must read for past and current Rangers, proud history handed down by an extrodinary man

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Gripping saga

    I purchaced this book with little knowledge of this man's life but I must say that I could hardly put the book down! It is a great read and most definitely a story of a great American hero who put his country first, something I am afraid we have forgotten.






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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    Loved it

    I was rewatching the old Spencer Tracy movie about Major Rogers and have always loved that movie, so I thought I would read the account of the man. Boy, I sure wasn't disappointed. This was a very well written and informative book. I would definately recommend this one!

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

    An Forgotten American Hero Revealed

    This book was both an informative and enjoyable read. Well researched and written. A excellant book for anyone interested in Early American History. It is an honest appraisal of a great hero - Robert Rogers

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

    My Husband loves it

    I bought this book for my husband, who is in Iraq. He is a picky reader so I was worried that I was sending him something he wouldn't enjoy. He is almost finished with it now and has told me that it is a great book and has really enjoyed it. He "approved" of my selection. Therefore, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys history or military history as my husband is very particular about his authors.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    War on the Run

    As a student and re-enactor of the French and Indian War, I find this book to be THE definitive work on Robert Rogers. It is apparent from the first chapter that John Ross had spent countless hours on research. He covers all of the major engagements in great detail and gives an eye-popping glimpse of the terrors of frontier warfare. A fascinating read.
    I highly recommend this book to history buffs.

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