During the 1750s, rival European colonists sought allies amongst Native American tribes. Abenaki warbands raided the English settlements and participated in the infamous massacre at Fort William Henry - an incident immortalised in "The Last of the Mohicans". This episode fuelled an escalating cycle of revenge that reached a bloody climax two years later when Robert Rogers and his rangers were ordered deep within enemy territory to destroy the Abenaki village of St Francis, which they did with ruthless efficiency. However the raiders endured a nightmare journey as they struggled home. Several were caught by vengeful pursuers and tortured to death; others resorted to cannibalism rather than starve in the wilderness. Rogers' raid was celebrated by Anglo-American colonists, and its leader is credited with founding the 'special forces' tradition in the US Army. Others view the St Francis raid as an eighteenth-century My Lai massacre, in which helpless men and women were butchered. Eschewing prejudices, Stephen Brumwell deploys vivid prose and meticulous research to reconstruct this controversial and dramatic episode from America's violent frontier past.
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Stephen Brumwell worked as a newspaper reporter before gaining a Ph.D. in History from the University of Leeds. He is an expert on the British Army in eighteenth-century America and lectures in Britain and the USA. His doctoral thesis formed the basis of his first book, Redcoats (Cambridge University Press 2002) which won him terrific reviews. Married with a daughter, he lives in Amsterdam, where he is currently working on a biography of General Wolfe.Review:
'...a thrilling narrative in its own right, vividly written.' TLS 'Stephen Brumwell's fine book... excellent research and gripping prose resurrect Roger's reputation. It is a worthy accomplishement...' THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
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Descripción Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, U.K, 2004. Cloth. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. First Edition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hardback. Nº de ref. de la librería 017916
Descripción Weidenfeld Military, 2004. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110297846779