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

2.67 of 5 stars 2.67  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In the summer of 1823, a grizzly bear mauled Hugh Glass. The animal ripped the trapper up, carving huge hunks from his body. Glass’s fellows rushed to his aid and slew the bear, but Glass’s injuries mocked their first aid. The expedition leader arranged for his funeral: two men would stay behind to bury the corpse when it finally stopped gurgling; the rest would move on. A ...more
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Published April 24th 2012 by Hill and Wang
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Andy
May 29, 2014 Andy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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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
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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
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
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Curt
Dec 30, 2012 Curt added it
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!
Chris
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.
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