George Rogers Clark
"I Glory in War"
Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
400 Pages | 6 x 9 | 12 b&w illus., 1 map
Nester attributes Clark’s successes to his drive and daring, good luck, charisma, and intellect. Born of a distinguished Virginia family, Clark wielded an acute understanding of human nature, both as a commander and as a diplomat. His interest in the natural world was an inspiration to lifelong friend Thomas Jefferson, who asked him in 1784 to lead a cross-country expedition to the Pacific and back. Clark turned Jefferson down. Two decades later, his youngest brother, William, would become the Clark celebrated as a member of the Corps of Discovery.
By the beginning of the nineteenth century, though, George Rogers Clark may not have been fit to command any expedition. After the revolution, he raged against the government and pledged fealty to other nations, leading to his arrest under the Sedition Act.
“William Nester does a terrific job of reminding modern readers of George Rogers Clark’s heroism. An important contribution to early U.S. history.” Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America
“As the Hannibal of the West during the American Revolution, George Rogers Clark saw his star shine brightly, but it soon faded due to his own failings, the circumstances he faced, and the machinations of bureaucrats and jealous rivals. Veteran frontier historian William Nester chronicles the rise and fall of Clark in this biography, a must-read for anyone interested in the American Revolution and frontier history.”—James Holmberg, editor of Dear Brother: Letters of William Clark to Jonathan Clark