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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2008

    Comprehensive and Detailed

    Williams' book fills many gaps left by numerous other histories of this phase of the American War for Independence. He writes with precision, using primary source information, as he explains in remarkable detail the events of the war on the frontier that led to the Sullivan Expedition, as well as the tactics and strategy used by the Iroquois and Continental Army throughout the war. He has a keen appreciation for the fighting abilities of the Iroquois and their skills as politicians that appear in no other accounts. Williams understands the extremely difficult position the Iroquois were in at the outbreak of the Revolution and how the immense pressures brought to bear upon the Confederacy as both American and British Indian commissioners sought to enlist the Iroquois in their respective military ventures. Williams writes with skill and sensitivity. Although written from the American viewpoint, he is surprisingly objective and even handed in his treatment of the British, American Loyalists and Iroquois. 'Year of the Hangman' is detailed, comprehensive and well written. It is an exceptional book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2008

    UNEXPECTED GEM

    Author Glenn Williams has zeroed in on the events involving the Iroquois Confederacy. He has done a good deal of primary source researchthat challenges many of the 'politically correct' interpretations available these days. His skilled research is evident by the detailed information related throughout the book. He has included the politics on both sides that influenced decision-making, as well as the military action. Though clearly told from the American side, Williams does devote considerable time to developing the British participants and their Indian allies from their own primary source information. The book is much more than a prolonged glimpse of the war on the western frontier. The book achieves a level of completeness not found elsewhere. It fills in the gaps too often found in other books on the subject. This review doesn't do the book's depth of material justice. Read this instead of '1776.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2007

    A reviewer

    Sadly, this book had so much potential, however the truth is that it reads exactly like a military memo. I feel like its a report of what happened rather than written with any drama. Pass on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2006

    Desperate and trying times, brought to life

    In 'Year of the Hangman: George Washington's Campaign Against the Iroquois,' Glenn F. Williams has clearly chronicled the events leading up to, during, and following the expeditions led by Sullivan, Clinton and Brodhead, and has done so in a manner that clearly speaks to his passion for the subject. Having read literally hundreds of books on the Revolutionary War and American colonial era, I feel compelled to express my sincere appreciation for the detailed account Mr. Williams has crafted. Thankfully, between the covers of 'Year of the Hangman' you will NOT find the same old information rehashed yet once again. Instead, you will be drawn into the lives of those who braved life on the early frontier, and will be left with a new and clearer understanding of a neglected part of early American history. Furthermore, you will gain a greater appreciation for the Iroquois and the slim choices they faced. 'Year of The Hangman: George Washington's Campaign Against The Iroquois' not only deserves five stars, but also three 'huzzahs' for a job well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2006

    Too Much Information!

    I love to read the American Revolution. I am in a Barnes and Noble store each week as I love to read. I thought this book looked intriguing. I am now a hunded pages into the book and just cannot, for the life of me, go further. This is the most difficult book I have ever attempt to read! There is entirely too much minutia and too few maps (just two in the first 100 pages and they were of little help). I have given up. One can go on-line and read succinct, informative information about this subject without wading through this boring book.

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