That Dark and Bloody River

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An epic novel by an award-winning author chronicles the settling of the Ohio River Valley, home to the defiant Shawnee Indians, who vow to defend their land against the seemingly unstoppable. 

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 ...

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Overview

An epic novel by an award-winning author chronicles the settling of the Ohio River Valley, home to the defiant Shawnee Indians, who vow to defend their land against the seemingly unstoppable. 

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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The Ohio River, a principal route for pioneers pushing westward along its 981-mile course from Pennsylvania through Kentucky and Indiana to Illinois, was the scene of fierce battles among warring Indian tribes-Shawnee, Miami, Cherokee, Iroquois, etc.-and between Native Americans and white settlers. Tapping journals, letters, diaries and government memoranda from 1768 to 1799, and fleshing out his panoramic chronicle with reconstructed dialogue adapted from primary sources, historian-novelist Eckert has fashioned an epic narrative history of the struggle for dominance of the Ohio River Valley that makes compelling reading. The lives of notable pioneer families (Zanes, Bradys, Wetzels), incursions of traders, explorers, colonists, adventurers and the historic exploits of George Washington, Daniel Boone, George Rogers Clark and others intersect. A biographer of Shawnee chief Tecumseh (A Sorrow in Our Heart), Eckert emphasizes the sudden, overwhelming movement of whites into Native American lands and the Indians' initial restraint and tolerance, followed by furious raids, wars and expulsions. Maps. (Nov.)
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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.
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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: 9780553378658
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Series: Chronicles of the Ohio River Valley Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 880
  • Sales rank: 348,454
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2007

    Captivating and Scholarly

    Taking us back to a time before the Ohio River was tamed by a series of locks and modern progress, Eckertt chronicles the development of this unsettled frontier in vivid, scholarly style. A must read for anyone that calls the Ohio Valley, from Pittsburgh to Cairo, their home. Eckertt takes some liberites with the dialogue in this book, but it only serves to add to the dramatic nature of the story. Follow the heroes, the villains and all the major players of the Ohio Valley from the first days at Wheeling to the expansion into Indian territory deep into the Ohio country. An often overlooked period of history 'That Dark and Bloody River' provides history without sacraficing entertainment. I found the bookd difficult to put down from the very first page. I encourage all Ohioans who wish to know more about their states original and current settlements to invest in a copy of this book.

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    This is a very good book, highly recommended

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