Here Lies Hugh Glass: A Mountain Man, A Bear, And The Rise Of The American Nation by Jon T. ColemanHere Lies Hugh Glass: A Mountain Man, A Bear, And The Rise Of The American Nation by Jon T. Coleman

Here Lies Hugh Glass: A Mountain Man, A Bear, And The Rise Of The American Nation

byJon T. Coleman

Paperback | May 14, 2013

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The true story behind The Revenant

"A vigorously written meditation on . . . America's encounter with the wilderness." -The Wall Street Journal

In the summer of 1823, a grizzly bear mauled mountain man Hugh Glass in present-day South Dakota. The animal ripped the trapper up, carving huge hunks from his body. Glass's companions slew the bear, but his injuries mocked their first aid. Two men would stay behind to bury the corpse when it finally stopped gurgling; the rest would move on. Alone in Indian country, the caretakers quickly lost their nerve. They fled, taking Glass's gun, knife, and ammunition with them. But Glass wouldn't die. He began crawling toward Fort Kiowa, hundreds of miles to the east, and as his speed picked up, so did his ire. The bastards who took his gear and left him to rot were going to pay.
Here Lies Hugh Glass springs from this legend. The acclaimed historian Jon T. Coleman delves into the accounts left by Glass's contemporaries and the mythologizers who used his story to advance their literary and filmmaking careers. A spectacle of grit in the face of overwhelming odds, Glass sold copy and tickets. But he did much more. Through him, the grievances and frustrations of hired hunters in the early American West bled into the narrative of the nation. A marginal player who nonetheless sheds light on the terrifying drama of life on the frontier, Glass endures as a consummate survivor and a complex example of American manhood. Here Lies Hugh Glass, a vivid, often humorous portrait of a young nation and its growing pains, is a Western history like no other.

Jon T. Coleman is a professor of American history at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Vicious: Wolves and Men in America, which won the W. Turrentine Jackson Prize and the John H. Dunning Prize.
Title:Here Lies Hugh Glass: A Mountain Man, A Bear, And The Rise Of The American NationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.26 × 5.44 × 0.76 inPublished:May 14, 2013Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0809054388

ISBN - 13:9780809054381

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read True story, love the details, which there were more info on him, his family background, but none to be found, other than that - this book tells all.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from More realistic than the movie! I read this book after seeing the movie 'Revenant' and was a bit disappointed! Although the book did describe the era and I do like historical content I found it a bit dry and stuffy! It is hard to even envision that this actually happened and that Hugh Glass actually survived such a horrific attack in the wilderness! An interesting read and I would recommend it if one is interested in the early exploration in North America but I'm just not sure how much to believe!
Date published: 2017-03-06

Editorial Reviews

"[A] vigorously written meditation on 19th-century America's encounter with the wilderness." -Michael J. Ybarra, The Wall Street Journal"Richly told . . . [Coleman] masterfully mines what scant life poor Glass left behind (one letter to the parents of a companion killed by the Arikara Indians) to argue convincingly that the bear attack story is one of the contributing factors in how Americans have come to think of themselves." -Stephen J. Lyons, Minneapolis Star Tribune"[Coleman's] writing is certainly audacious, not just in his colorful language . . . but also in his willingness to discard traditional disciplinary boundaries and in his exuberant mixing of history, folklore, literature, popular culture, and the natural sciences." -Nathan E. Bender, Library Journal"[Coleman] shines a pure light on the actual conditions of the working man in the American West, on the fundamental relation between men, animals, and Native Americans, and on the many rascals and scamps, not to mention confidence men and counterfeiters, who are the real source of our greatest national myths." -Gaylord Dold, The Wichita Eagle"In this harrowing and beautifully written book, Jon T. Coleman shows us how backwoods workers experienced a West that left them scarred and mutilated. These are the raw (and bloody) materials for America's tall tales, epic boasts, dime novels, and Wild West medicine shows." -Scott Nelson, Legum Professor of History, College of William & Mary"Almost killed by a grizzly, almost erased by the passage of time, Hugh Glass is resurrected by Jon T. Coleman in this wise and witty book. The American encounter with the dangers of the natural world will never look quite the same again." -Karl Jacoby, Professor of History, Brown University"Jon T. Coleman steers the horrendous story of Hugh Glass through the frontier writer James Hall, Herman Melville's ubiquitous Confidence Man, modern-day survivalism, advertisements for runaways, Richard Henry Dana, Henry David Thoreau, the social lives of grizzly bears, Timothy Flint, Davy Crockett, transnationality, a workingman's history of the fur trade, and much more as he uncovers and adds to Americans' long and unfinished conversation about the West. Some readers will disagree with him, but all of them will have a good time." -Paul E. Johnson, Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, University of South Carolina"Chomp on Jon T. Coleman's Here Lies Hugh Glass, but beware: it may bite back. The book is a dazzling meditation on men as meat and how we cook up history. Even if you cannot swallow the bear whole, Coleman serves up fricasseed fabulists, the remains of a gnarly mountain man to gnaw on, and a literary feast to digest. Enjoy." -Thomas P. Slaughter, Arthur R. Miller Professor of History, University of Rochester"This fascinating, wonderfully written book makes you think and makes you laugh. Jon T. Coleman tracks the many tales and few facts that surround the legend of Hugh Glass, whose improbable survival and quest for revenge crawls off the page and stays in your head." -Clyde A. Milner II, coauthor of As Big as the West: The Pioneer Life of Granville Stuart and coeditor of The Oxford History of the American West