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Here Lies Hugh Glass: A Mountain Man, a Bear, and the Rise of the American Nation

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How one man’s tale of survival and revenge transformed the American West

In the summer of 1823, a hunter named Hugh Glass was brutally mauled by a grizzly bear in the brush along a tributary of the Yellowstone River. She bit his head, punctured his throat, and ripped hunks from his body. Two comrades stayed with him at first, but soon abandoned him to the wilds. But Glass w
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Hill and Wang
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R. L. Snowe
Jan 16, 2016 R. L. Snowe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, 2016-reads
When I picked this book up I was expecting a epic tale of Hugh Glass and his fight for survival in the wilderness and revenge on the jerks who left him to die. I got this expectation from the recent "Revenant" movie and thought that this book was what the movie was based on.
While it did tell the story of Hugh Glass and his life (What little is known about it), the story was more about the history of the mountain men and survivors in general with Glass playing a very small part (Popping up here
Gaylord Dold
Coleman, Jon T. Here Lies Hugh Glass: A Mountain Man, A Bear, and the Rise of the American Nation, Hill and Wang, New York, 2011 (252pp.$28)

In 1823 Hugh Glass, journeyman hunter and trapper, signed up to serve the American Fur Company as a hunter on its spring expedition up the Missouri River to the Arikira country and beyond, where a hundred men young and old (Glass was old) would find beaver pelts for the New York and European hat trade. Led by William Ashley and Andrew Henry, both members of
Clark Hays
Deconstructing the America West, one legend at a time

The Hugh Glass story doesn’t need much embellishment to catch your attention: Glass was a seasoned trapper who, in 1823, was attacked by a grizzly, horribly mauled and then left for dead by his treacherous companions who, to add insult to injury, stole his clothes and all his provisions, including his weapons. That should have been the end of the story, but Glass lived and battled open wounds and massive trauma, warring Native Americans out to
May 19, 2014 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is a major early American history nerd
Here Lies a Glass Entirely Empty

Damn, Jon Coleman, lay off the speed. I picked up this book (complete with striking comic book-style cover) because not only did the design appeal to me, but also because I consider myself a scholar of early 1800s America. I'd never heard of Hugh Glass, but I wanted to know more about him. Unfortunately, Coleman had other ideas.

In the author's estimation, Hugh Glass really is an empty vessel, through which to discuss American exceptionalism and the concept of Fron
I wanted to read about Hugh Glass. I wanted to learn about the life and times of people in that era. However, by page 40, there was scant mention of High Glass but a plethora of information about time period literature and some other vaguely related stuff. I don't mind the author creating a setting, but there was simply not enough of the book's main man in the book. I have not skipped a non-fiction book's introduction in a while. I couldn't make it through this one. That should have been my firs ...more
Margaret Sankey
I liked Coleman's earlier book about the history of wolves in the US, and followed with some interest his saga of getting a job without fitting neatly into a field. Now he's at Notre Dame, and this second book is clearly a thread from previous research now taken out and examined. Hugh Glass was a Scottish emigrant, who, as part of a fur trading expedition in 1823, was mauled by a bear. Abandoned by comrades impatient at his slow dying, he recovered enough to drag himself to Ft. Kiowa and get rev ...more
May 17, 2016 Martin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not the story of Hugh Glass, nor is it the story of the story of Hugh Glass. Rather, it's the story of the telling of the story of Hugh Glass. Understanding that specific distinction, very well, is the key to understanding how this book was put together. The author doesn't make this point very clear in the introduction, though he hints at it. It was only once I was almost done with the book that I understood the point of all the wayward discussion and lack of focus on Glass himself. ...more
Sep 02, 2015 Ken rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mr Colman writes a rambling and disjointed, confusing telling of how the stories of the mountain men effected how Americans view themselves. He retells a number of times in the book of Hugh Glass. Mixing that story with others from the years 1820 through the 1830's, men who went through hard times and survived.
Glass went on a trapping expedition in 1823 that went to the Rocky Mountains. Along the way Glass was mauled by a grizzly bear. Two men were left to nurse him, but left after a few days.
Jan 26, 2016 Larry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The search for Hugh Glass that begins this book is a short one. As Coleman notes, it is more of a missing person posting than a biography. What can we know about a man who left behind one letter, and a short one at that? We can know that his story was conflated by both regional and national writers to fit into a larger narrative of their own contrivance, just as was true of Jim Colter or Jedediah Smith, among others. The book is not without interest as it ambles through history, but the attempt ...more
A pretentious pile of grizzly bear shit. Coleman showed how much he knows regarding obscure subjects that are totally unrelated to the title character of the book. I rarely stop reading before I finish and am generally am a better judge of material. I wanted to quit earlier but forced myself to go two thirds of the way in hope of improvement. Improvement never came, I stopped with about 75 pages left. Worse than the most boring lecture I sat through in college. No Stars!
Jeff Elliott
Sep 21, 2015 Jeff Elliott rated it it was ok
Although Glass' story peaks through the pages, this book is certainly not a biography of Glass and his story as other reviewers have warned. I am certain that there are revelations of other tellings that would be better received.

The best summary of the book is on the last page when Coleman says the opposite of what he has actually done:
"...I didn't write this book only to bemoan what nationalist hacks, modernist twits, and survivalist wackos did to Hugh Glass."

Jul 01, 2012 Chris rated it did not like it
A misnomer of a book. Made it to page 88. No maps or pictures. Lots of interesting observations but at times I felt like I was in class after lunch. It's the book that almost compels you to take notes. Part history, part literary criticism, part social anthropology it's all over the place. It's about everything but Hugh Glass. We get into the culture of Indian hating, Herman Melville's The Confidence Man, environmental Americanism and on it goes.
Nate Ontiveros
A very academic book about a man with a relatively small footprint on history, but a helluva' story. Not the most exciting book, but paints an interesting look at the man who would become legend.
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