Here Lies Hugh Glass: A Mountain Man, a Bear, and the Rise of the American Nation
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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...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Hill and Wang (first published April 24th 2012)
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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...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!
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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