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A Company of Heroes

By Dale Van Every

Welcome to the brutal frontier of the Revolutionary War…

The year is 1775, and land-hungry settlers are trying to infiltrate the “”back country””, an unexplored region beyond the mountains extending west and south from New York into Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia. Control of this region was no less important than the better-known eastern campaigns of Washington and his generals in deciding the outcome of the Revolutionary War.

The British decided to recruit their ferocious Indian allies into dealing with the resistance of the settlers, encouraging them to wreak havoc. The Indians raided as they pleased, bringing horror with them, kidnapping, scalping, torturing, burning captives alive: the settlers retaliated in kind, butchering even friendly Indians.

Two great leaders emerged from this bloody conflict; Joseph Brant, the brilliant, educated Indian, who hated Americans with cause, and the superb frontiersman George Rogers Clark. Every horrific detail of their skill, leadership and bravery is captured perfectly in this comprehensive edition.

Born in 1896, American author Dale Van Every turned out a number of volumes on American history, including a biography of Charles Lindbergh. Van Every was also a busy playwright in the 1920s; his Broadway offering Telling the World was filmed in 1929, whereupon the writer set up shop in Hollywood. His screenplays include the literary adaptations Trader Horn (1931) and Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932). In 1937, he shared an Oscar nomination for the film version of Kipling’s Captains Courageous. In 1940, Dale Van Every produced the Paramount actioner Rangers of Fortunes, then returned to screenwriting, remaining in this field until 1957.

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