A Mountain Man, a Bear, and the Rise of the American Nation!
“A vigorously written meditation on nineteenth-century America’s encounter with the wilderness.” -Michael J. Ybarra, The Wall Street Journal
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 companions slew the bear, but his injuries mocked their first aid. So 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. The Bastards who left him to rot were going to pay.
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 film-making 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. Here Lies Hugh Glass, a vivid , often humorous portrait of a young nation and its growing pains, is a Western history like no other.