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Daniel Boone

Reuben Gold Thwaites

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Daniel Boone was a great hunter, explorer, surveyor, and excellent rifleman; he knew Indians and fought them skillfully. His life was filled with adventures and, with this biography, Reuben Gold Thwaites takes us along on some of those adventures. An exciting read of one of America’s true historical heroes.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .gomery desperately beat his way to a level tract, but in the night hastily 46 withdrew, and did not stop until he reached Charleston. Despite the entreaties of the Assembly, he at once retired to the North with his little army, and left the frontiers of Carolina open to the assaults of the merciless foe.

The siege of Fort Loudon was now pushed by the Cherokees with vigor. It had already withstood several desperate and protracted assaults. But the garrison contrived to exist for several months, almost wholly upon the active sympathy of several Indian women who were married to frontiersmen shut up within the walls. The dusky wives frequently contrived to smuggle food into the fort despite the protests of the Indian leaders. Women, however, despite popular notions to the contrary, have a powerful influence in Indian camps; and they but laughed the chiefs to scorn, saying that they would suffer death rather than refuse assistance to their white husbands.Read More

Community Reviews

Very informative book. I was surprised that so many of the 'facts' about Daniel Boone that were used in television and the movies were known to be false in 1902 when the book was published.

I'm kind of shocked that he detested the famed 'coon skin cap' that was supposed to be his trademark.

Decent enough read, but the footnotes seemed to cite primary sources only a handful of times so it's questionable where some of the material actually came from. I wanted to check the veracity of some of the facts presented, but feel like this aspect fell short.

I thought this book was okay

Great book

Okay book I wished for more details of Daniel Boone.

I chooser the rating because of not much details in the book.

But it got interesting at the end of the book.

Informative and judicious (the author is an expert in the history of this period) but rather bloodless.