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The Conquerors (Winning of America #3)

4.42 of 5 stars 4.42  ·  rating details  ·  309 ratings  ·  18 reviews
The Conquerors, the third volume in Allan Eckert's acclaimed series, The Winning of America, continues the narrative of The Frontiersmen and Wilderness Empire: the violent and monumental story of the wresting of the North American continent from the Indians. But the locale has moved westwardto the northern frontiers of Pennsylvania, to Michigan and the Green Bay area, espe ...more
Paperback, 720 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Jesse Stuart Foundation (first published 1971)
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An epic narrative recounting the "Conspiracy of Pontiac". Pontiac was an Ottawa war chief who in 1763 was able to forge an alliance with a great portion of the northwest tribes to expel the english from all lands west of the Allegheny mountains. That he very nearly succeeded makes for a riveting tale, unrelenting in it's depiction of the horrors inflicted on those in their path. It was inconceivable to English pride that mere savages could in a concerted effort cause to fall so many forts on the ...more
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I really do like Allan Eckert's storytelling, which seems part of the 1960s-1970s (think New Journalism and Norman Mailer) blend of fictional techniques with nonfiction. This volume retells The Conspiracy of Pontiac, at end of French & Indian War. The epistolary fiction inspired me to read a more current history of the conflict, Fred Anderson's Crucible of War.
I also like this wraparound mid-1970s cover painting, depicting a generic scene that never quite happens this way in the novel (with
The third book in a very old six book history series of native Americans, I found the book fascinating. As someone who grew up in the midwest, but never learned about the Indians there I was amazed to find out that Pontiac was an Indian chief from the Ottawa tribe that kept Detroit under seige for most of 1763, continuing to fight the British after the French-Indian war had ended. He foresaw that the British would eventually overrun their territory if they weren't stopped, but incorrectly though ...more
Adam K.
I realize that I gave the first 2 volumes in this series high marks, and this one is not less than. I just didn't like it. Something grew in me as I was reading this, and that was a sense that Eckert is reacting against the reacting against traditional history. In other words, history was once told from the point of view of the victors. Then, we felt bad about that, so we decided to paint a more sympathetic view of the conquered. All well and good. And then it's like Eckert wants us to see thing ...more
This was an epic book although not for the squeamish. I have read Eckert novels before, The Frontiersman, Wilderness Empire, and I knew what to expect. Even so, the way he describes the casual brutality of the fighting and dying during Pontiac's Rebellion is absolutely horrific. It is horrific in the way mindless atrocities occurred involving specific human beings whom Eckert describes in touching accuracy.
As Eckert describes it, the rebellion itself was an amazingly complicated conspiracy draw
I got off to a slow start for the first 100 - 150 pages of the book, but then it took off and I had trouble putting it down. Full of amazing and horrifying information about the years 1758 - 1764 during the Indian uprising following the end of the French and Indian war, the book carries you along with the English soldiers and traders while the reader alternately shudders and cheers. The whimsicality of the different Indian tribes in the taking and slaughtering of prisoners was especially hard to ...more
Michael Thompson
Not a good as, "The Frontiersmen," but still a very interesting look at how we managed to defeat the Brits and kill off/displace the Native Americans who used to call the Mid-West home.
Jackie Hawley
I have 2008 as the date I read this book- that was a second read. It's basically about the uprising of Chief Pontiac. It's a very good read the first time but with the amount of people, places and dates it was better the second time. This is the second Allan Eckert book I've re-read. I plan on re-reading the entire Winning of America Series and the companion book That Dark and Bloody River: Chronicles of the Ohio River Valley. It's like reading American history in the form of a novel. The books ...more
Dee Renee  Chesnut
Oct 14, 2012 Dee Renee Chesnut rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of history who know it details horrible violence
Shelves: 2012, history
The Conquerors has been on my history shelf as part of Allan W. Eckert's "The Winning of America" series.
As with other books written by Eckert, the historical narrative is well-documented and well-explained with his Amplification Notes.
This is the story of Pontiac's uprising, the siege of Fort Detroit, and attacks on traders and settlers who lived in present-day New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Ohio during the years of 1758-1769.
I recommend it to adult readers with the warning it d
A lot of locations where this story is told takes place in Michigan where I live, so I loved this book. Very interesting and easy to read. Would highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about the various Indian tribes in Michigan and their history.
This is a really really long novel, but it's absolutely brilliant. Well written, well-researched, and, if you like historical fiction - or even just history - this is a must-read. Really made me want to read the rest of the series.
David Lottes
I read this book about fifteen years ago and am rereading it for the first time. Eckert does a masterful job of transforming dry scholarly research into a captivating read.
Sep 28, 2008 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: History junkies who have a strong stomach
Recommended to Lisa by: Grandpa Durst
Another fantastic Eckert.

The Conquerors transports the reader to the story of Pontiac, the fierce and brilliant war chief.
Jim Corson
A great narrative of the early history of our country, quite unlike our usual textbook idea of history. Great read!
Great read and very informative but it does not have the exciting element that the Frontiersmen has.
Kenneth Baird
Wow! The things people went through back then. Glad it wasn't me.
My copy erroneously has "Book II" on the cover.
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Allan W. Eckert was an American historian, historical novelist, and naturalist.

Eckert was born in Buffalo, New York, and raised in the Chicago, Illinois area, but had been a long-time resident of Bellefontaine, Ohio, near where he attended college. As a young man, he hitch-hiked around the United States, living off the land and learning about wildlife. He began writing about nature and American hi
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Other Books in the Series

Winning of America (6 books)
  • The Frontiersmen
  • Wilderness Empire (Winning of America)
  • The Wilderness War (Winning of America Series)
  • Gateway to Empire
  • Twilight of Empire
Incident at Hawk's Hill The Frontiersmen A Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh Wilderness Empire (Winning of America) That Dark and Bloody River

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