The Pioneers

The Pioneers

The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West

Large Print - 2019
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"Best-selling author David McCullough tells the story of the settlers who began America's migration west, overcoming almost-unimaginable hardships to build in the Ohio wilderness a town and a government that incorporated America's highest ideals"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print, 2019.
ISBN: 9781432865092
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT 977 MCC
Characteristics: 573 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of illustrations : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.


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Jul 14, 2019

The book reads like the vanity histories that towns pay to have written about their history. The book is about the original settles who came to Ohio from New England. His primary sources are diaries and letters from these people. There are a few pages about Aaron Burr and his activities but doesn't come to any specific conclusions about his activities, just a reporting of what people said.

What really disappointed me was the lack of balance and per-settlement history of Ohio. It is like the "Pioneers" stepped into empty space. First Peoples ("Indians") had lived in Ohio for thousands of years and yet the book refers to them only a few times, mainly regarding battles with colonists as they moved west taking more land. Nothing about their pre-history other and some notes about mound building.

Clearly not a complete or an even handed or an academic history of the times, nor the area. I think the author is riding on his reputation.

May 18, 2019

Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and Presidential Medal of Freedom awards have not dimmed David McCullough's zest for writing forthright and enthralling history that brings American ideals to life. "The Pioneers" traces the story of the earliest expansion West from the original Colonies, with the company of adventurers founding the first official settlements just across the Ohio River in the Northwest reserve. Marietta, Ohio, becomes the first home to New England transplants who struggle against Native Americans, but who also carry the ideals of universal education and principled opposition to slavery into the next century of the new nation. Solid research grounds McCullough's characteristically articulate narrative.

May 02, 2019

I can hardly wait for David McCullough new book. I have read all of his Writings and never been disappointed. He is an outstanding writer


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