Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh

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They had defeated the French and now the English possessed the vast North American Empire. Soldiers, traders, settlers—all began the trek across the wilderness to claim the land and its riches. Against this relentless tide Indian warriors rose up in bitter fury exploded in the bloody battle for the conquest of the Northwest territory.

'Reading Eckert is like listening to a master storyteller: he presents his material in vivid detail, using the ...

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Overview

They had defeated the French and now the English possessed the vast North American Empire. Soldiers, traders, settlers—all began the trek across the wilderness to claim the land and its riches. Against this relentless tide Indian warriors rose up in bitter fury exploded in the bloody battle for the conquest of the Northwest territory.

'Reading Eckert is like listening to a master storyteller: he presents his material in vivid detail, using the novelist's technique to enhance dramatic events.'— Publishers Weekly

The epic tale of a towering Native American hero by the award-winning author of The Frontiersmen. Published to rave reviews, this extraordinary book tells the story of Shawnee leader Tecumseh, a military genius whose vision was to unite the North American tribes into one powerful Indian nation, capable of forcing back the encroaching white settlers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Though there are many biographies of the great Shawnee chief Tecumseh (1768-1813), this effort by historical novelist Eckert ( The Frontiersman ) may spark new interest--and controversy--with its ``hidden dialogue'' technique. After more than 25 years of research, the author felt free to recreate Tecumseh's conversations and thoughts in what proves to be an entertaining blend of fact and fiction. The orator and organizer's life was shaped by his tribe's tragic confrontation with westward-moving whites, who encroached on Native American lands along the Ohio River valley. His long struggle against this dispossession led Tecumseh to create a historic confederacy of tribes, but this crowning achievement was destroyed by his own brother at Tippecanoe in 1811. Eckert's dialogue is clunky, yet his colorful evocation of this seminal American figure will be more broadly accessible than are drier, more factual accounts. ( Feb. )
Library Journal
Eckert (A Sorrow in Our Heart, LJ 2/15/92) stands on an uncommon ground between academic and popular writers. His use of the "hidden dialog" as a means of writing history had been termed "documentary fiction." Here, he takes on the long and varied history of the Ohio River valley, engendered by indigenous Americans and settlers from European powers-French, Dutch, English, and Spanish. Eckert introduces a considerable number of Indians into the Ohio environment, utilizing a variety of fascinating primary resources to tell the history of the region and its people from 1768 to 1795. The final product, readable and rich in history, nevertheless will create problems for the historian and concern for the general reader. Those looking for a thorough history of the valley will be disappointed, and book selectors need to be aware of the type of history this book represents.-Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., Ala.
Jay Freeman
In the middle of the eighteenth century, English colonists began drifting into the trans-Allegheny valley of the Ohio River, the first spasmodic thrust of the westward movement. They inserted themselves into a volatile milieu; Frenchmen and a seemingly endless variety of Native American tribes traded, competed, and frequently warred with one another. To paraphrase Trotsky, those looking for tranquillity picked the wrong place and time to be born. Eckert's gift for connecting the lives of scores of obscure characters with a broader context provides the same masterful mix that made Evan Connell's "Son of the Morning Star" a delight for both the scholar and the general reader. Although the famous (e.g., Mad Anthony Wayne) and the near famous (e.g., Arthur St. Clair) are given their due, Eckert is at his best in chronicling the lives and fates of ordinary people who ferociously struggled with nature and with one another to hold their piece of ground. An eloquent and often heartrending portrayal of a fascinating and pivotal epoch in American history.
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A fiery orator, a brilliant diplomat, a revolutionary thinker, a political & military genius--the man named Tecumseh became a legend among Native Americans & whites. He stood as a messiah to his people during one of the most crucial periods of their history, as the whites began to explore & expand to the west of the British colonies. In this meticulously researched biography, 5-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Allan W. Eckert fleshes out the details of a fascinating life & corrects the mistakes of previous accounts. Eckert tells the compelling story of the great Shawnee warrior, born under the augury of a shooting star, who drew together an enormous Indian alliance & led it to the greatest Indian victory in history over American military force.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553561746
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1993
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 1088
  • Sales rank: 161,439
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.89 (h) x 1.76 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2002

    Thorough and readable

    You'll need an extra bookmark to refer to the exhaustive notes in the back, and the flipping back and forth can make you feel like you aren't making much progress, but if you really want to get the most from a very rich and readable volume it's worth it. I grew up in the area where Tecumseh ultimately settled and was killed, and I found it fascinating! Great for research.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2000

    Awesome

    I think Allan Eckert has done a marvelous job of recreating the events in the life of one of America's foremost Native American ancestors. The book is lengthy and descriptive. I could walk to any of the places in the book with the details he gave and feel like I am part of the great circle. Recommended only for those that love history and their Native American heritage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2000

    very detailed

    This book is very long -over 1,000 pages- but very detailed. This is a good book to read if you are doing research on Tecumseh and his life, or if you are studying the Native Americans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2011

    Another great book form Allan Echert

    Historical fiction written about the Life of Tecumseh and the people of his times. Part of a series about the era. I wish it was in E book form.

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