War on the Run: The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the Conquest of Americas First Frontier


But, it does fully capture the essence - the challenges, harsh conditions, inhumanity, and brutality - of the times, and the war. Anyone interested in the history of that period, and particularly in the individual, will find this book to be a most worthwhile read.

Prepare to be amazed. Ross has carefully woven information from more "objective" sources into the rich narrative Rogers recorded.

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In addition to learning about the lives of ordinary soldiers during these wars well, they may have been typical but they were far from "ordinary" , I learned the real story behind Nathan Hale's capture and the search for the Northwest Passage, Rogers' activities during the latter predating Lewis and Clark's by decades but was no less amazing. Ross's book added immensely to the knowledge I now sometimes remember smile. I recommend it highly to persons interested in the periods it covers or in the personalities we THINK we know so well from those periods as well as to persons with a deeper interest in the development of unconventional warfare.

Ross's book can be read by persons with a casual interest in history as well as by scholars. There is much primary source material collected here but it is NOT boring by any definition. See all reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 11 days ago. Published 2 months ago. Published 3 months ago. Published 5 months ago. Published 7 months ago. Published 8 months ago. Published 10 months ago. Published 11 months ago. Published 1 year ago. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. View or edit your browsing history. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Highly recommended for history nerds. View all 6 comments. Sep 05, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: As a self-professed military history enthusiast I thought I knew something about Rogers but I was wrong. This book was a real revelation about a truly heroic and tragic figure.

I knew of his special ops abilities during the French and Indian War which eventually gave birth to our own Army Rangers.

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Rogers would make today's ultra-athletes envious of his endurance and physical abilities. However, I knew nothing of his prescient vision for the American continent decades ahead of Jefferson and Lewis As a self-professed military history enthusiast I thought I knew something about Rogers but I was wrong. However, I knew nothing of his prescient vision for the American continent decades ahead of Jefferson and Lewis and Clark and his fall from grace by venal British aristocrats who were jealous and wary of a self-made man who was able to translate plans into reality.

He respected the Indians and treated them fairly. He ranged the entire upper Midwest as well as the Northeast, even making it to current Minnneapolis. Rogers spent at least seven years in prison in Britain for debts and had the misfortune of returning to America from prison at the start of the Revolution. He had actually paid his troops from his own pocket and the Crown would not reimburse him all his expenses! Although he was neutral in his politics in while trying to find investors for his dream of finding the Northwest Passage George Washington considered him a threat and arrested him.

Rogers escaped and fled to the Tories and fought against the Colonial Army of Washington and actually turned over Nathan Hale to the British. He lost everything to include his family.

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Rogers was truly a man on the run; the run to battle, the run from creditors,and the run to conquer the continent. The book was well written. I would like to have seen more and better maps and more photos of the terrain he "ranged" over in his wanderings. Jul 28, Mike rated it did not like it. Robert Rogers is a fascinating figure. A good biography could provide great insights into early America- the great continental struggle between Britain and France, the complex and ever-evolving role of Indian nations, and the development of a uniquely "American" character in the British colonies.

Lots of potential, but this book didn't tap it. Ross provides a lot of information on Roger's life, his narrative spares few details yet fails to be compelling.

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Incidents of high I'm very disappointed. Incidents of high drama, particularly Rogers' attack on St. Francis and the grueling retreat through the wilderness, were rendered- quite franky- boring. Ross couldn't quite spin a satisfying yarn from the threads he was working with. Additionally, Ross failed to effectively contextualize the imperial struggle of the French and Indian war, or the nuanced attitudes toward and relationships with Indians, on either side.

A work of popular historical biography should edify the reader with not only the "life" of the subject, but also the "times. This is the third book on Rogers I've read recently. Brumwell's "White Devil" which is cited by Ross is a far superior choice. I'll keep looking for a more comprehensive account of Rogers' life that's executed better than this one. Jul 03, Julia Spencer-Fleming rated it it was amazing. Gripping history and narrative combined with a primer on colonial times. My Adirondack stomping grounds where I grew up and my book are set!

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Jan 05, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: A fascinating and enlightening history of the legendary Robert Rogers. As a veteran of Special Forces, Rogers' Rangers were ingrained into me as part of our long and illustrious heritage, so I was thrilled when I met John Ross at a party and he told me of his book. I was unaware that most of Rogers' exploits came in the French and Indian war, and I was a little disappointed that the revolutionary war was somewhat glossed over.

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Regardless, this was a great book full of amazing detail. I could eas A fascinating and enlightening history of the legendary Robert Rogers.

War on the Run: The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the Conquest of America's First Frontier

I could easily picture Rogers and his men slogging through swamps and snow or rowing their bateaus up and down rivers to attack french garrisons. I was unaware of how poorly Rogers was treated by the "nobility" within the British ranks or of his lifelong struggle with debt. Great story for any military history buff! Aug 23, Scott Pierce rated it really liked it Shelves: Most impressive part of the book is Ross's understanding of unconventional warfare, and his ability to explain how Rogers became an expert in the field initially during the French and Indian Wars without a significant amount of formal training.

Jun 20, Jeff rated it it was amazing. Fascinating story of a larger than life character.

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Sep 05, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: His raid on St. But the absence of a definitive biography of Rogers -- the most compelling figure of the French and Indian War or, as Winston Churchill called it, the colonial front of World War I -- is even more mysterious. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Who started looking for the Northwest Passage and idenified the route that would be taken by Lewis and Clark some 30 years later? Published 11 months ago. Buried in that grave but spirit-raising adventure lay a moral that resonated with those who ventured into any wilderness:

He is the great great grandfather of today's special operators. May 08, Faye rated it it was amazing. Exquisite history of Robert Rogers. This book was long, and I always have a tough time with non-fiction bricks such as this, but the author's writing kept the tale of Rogers' life going in a fluid and interesting manner.

I learned everything I hoped to about the man and more. Aug 05, Joel rated it it was amazing. Great story of a true American original who played a key role in both pre and Revolutionary times. Created a new form of miltary combat that blended traditional techniques with totally new ones shaped by the unique characteristics of early America. Dec 27, Jack rated it really liked it Shelves: Eckert's annotations are far superior, however. Jan 06, Franco rated it really liked it. Basically the story of a man that just wanted to farm and make cider in bumblefuck New Hampshire but ended up killing lots of people and thoroughly pissed off George Washington.

Dec 03, Gerry rated it really liked it Shelves: When the British regulars joined the North American colonial militias and challenged French control both the war and victory would add unlimited spoils of resources and land mass to the Crown above what even they must have sensed possible for the time; but, it also came at a cost.

In one sense, Robert Rogers was for the American Frontier what George Washington became for the American Revolution; and, ironically as much as these two people in history have similar qualities — luck and good connections were certainly on the side for the better for Washington than it had been for Rogers. The lack of inclusion perplexes me as the arrest of Rogers by Washington played a pivotal role in Rogers return to the side of the Crown during the outbreak of the American Revolution. I have read the abridged version of the Freeman work and that book alone on Washington is nearly pages.

In addition, I considered it a special treat to have a photo included of the Powder Horn that was once owned and used by Robert Rogers. I give this book 4. The research and the story that is portrayed is important for any student of American History and at any level. Dec 13, Greg rated it really liked it. Other than a minimal understanding of the French and Indian War we are taught in school that its monetary demands led to the imposition of taxation and other British policies fomenting the Revolutionary War, and that George Washington served in it , I had very little knowledge of this early American hero and his contributions.

Having picked up this book off the bargain rack, I was thoroughly surprised both by the quality of the writing as well as the truly tragic story of the man himself. Robert Other than a minimal understanding of the French and Indian War we are taught in school that its monetary demands led to the imposition of taxation and other British policies fomenting the Revolutionary War, and that George Washington served in it , I had very little knowledge of this early American hero and his contributions. Robert Rogers exceeded the plaudits of any provincial American before him, rising from a poor New Hampshire farmer of Scotch-Irish descent to an officer in the British army whose fame had spread to both sides of the Atlantic.

The early part of the biography focuses on the makeup of Rogers, and his talent for recruiting men, understanding the situation, and adapting seamlessly to lead men to success. Adapting techniques learned from the Native Americans themselves, Rogers was successful where British regulars were not, and in a sense he "invented" the Rangers and their early rules of organization and warfare.

His success was also in a sense his undoing, as he incurred large debts employing his men on the assumption of British repayment that never came, all the while earning the jealousy of the gentlemen officers from Great Britain that saw him as an untrustworthy and low-born upstart. The personal animosity that men such as Gage had for him was something that the other major American hero from the time, George Washington, never had to deal with.

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Other than a passing reference - Ross does not explore this fully, instead focusing on the wrongs Rogers suffered but not necessarily ascribing why. His later career and personal life were truly tragic. While he made great contributions to the idea of western expansion and opportunity, the dream of continental exploration that Jefferson would pick up later, and essentially a travel manual that did not demonize the Native Americans, his personal misfortunes led him into debtor's prison.

Clearly, the main reason he isn't listed among the pantheon of mythologized American fathers is his ambiguous approach to the Revolutionary War. Having spent years in Britain in prison, he missed the marked changes in attitudes of the American people. On his return, he traveled the country looking to recoup his debts rather than make commitments with Revolutionaries or Loyalists. Unfortunately for Rogers, this led to Washington's assessment that he could not be trusted, and Rogers ended up on the side of the British - his last major contribution being the personal discovery and arrest of Hale as an American spy.

Rogers was a flawed man, and Ross, while addressing the flaws, clearly takes a defensive posture. This is probably due to the unfair portrayal he has received, but a more balanced reading of the history is probably called for.

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Ross's writing style is very good narrative history. This book his highly recommended. Jun 25, Jim rated it really liked it. This book is well worth reading. This biography of Robert Rogers gives him due credit for developing small unit tactics that became the inspiration for the U. He was well known both in England and America as well as being feared and respected by the French and their Indian allies. At a time when the English were suffering defeat after defeat, Rogers' Rangers took the war to the French and beat them at their own game.

Rogers was a good woodsman, respected the Indians and adapted t This book is well worth reading. As commander of Fort Michilimackinac in what is now northern Michigan, Rogers, the ultimate Indian fighter, was able to keep the peace and foster trade alliances. However, his expansionist vision brought him into conflict with the Indian agent William Johnson and other British authorities more concerned with tightening their control over their eastern fiefdoms than expanding the frontier.

And while Rogers' dealings with the Indian tribes are presented as a model that should have been followed by future generations, don't look for any dancing with wolves in War on the Run. While Ross is frank about the savagery of the war from all sides -- with the British, not the colonials, committing the worst offenses against tribes like the Cherokee -- the depredations of several tribes fighting for the French are notable, including a scene where Ottawa warriors roast and eat a still living captive.

Like Germans fleeing to the West from the Red Army, English and colonial soldiers with no other choice ran to give themselves up to the French — though sometimes even that did not save them, as was accurately depicted in Michael Mann's filmed remake of Last of the Mohicans. Rogers strived in vain to have an expedition funded to find the "Northwest Passage," which too many history books dismiss as a fanciful hope, like seeking the lost cities of gold or the Fountain of Youth. Rogers submitted a practical plan that would decades later be very similar to the one followed by Lewis and Clark.

But Rogers' brilliance on the battlefield ultimately would be eclipsed by personal failings—though many were the result of admirable traits, such as a sense of honor and a grand vision for the American pioneers. Like George Washington, Rogers personally paid his troops when the government did not come through. Unlike Washington, Rogers did not have the business or political acumen to take care of that debt later.

When it came to trusting the wrong people in business and political matters, Rogers was more like Ulysses S. Grant — a soldier who was great on the battlefield but not so great on the domestic front. And, unlike in Grant's case, the stories about Rogers' drunkenness were not merely politically motivated slander. Rogers' undoing ultimately lay in the fact that he was too prototypically American for the caste-bound British establishment, and he was too loyal to King George III for his American counterparts. Ironically, most of Rogers' Rangers joined the Revolution and many, including Israel Putnam, achieved great things in the Revolutionary War.

Rogers, however, while trying to remain neutral, ran afoul of General Washington and was jailed. He escaped and accepted a role in the British Army in New York, where he was personally responsible for unmasking Nathan Hale as an American spy. War on the Run is a masterful, entertaining and sometimes poignant historical narrative. Ross deserves enormous credit for restoring an authentic American hero to his rightful place.

He successfully treads the line between hagiography and revisionist over-emphasis on his subject's flaws. Now if Turner and Co.