"Nuanced, multidimensional…Randall’s book feels like it’s charting territory as unexplored as the acreage that Allen…snapped up." —Los Angeles Times
Both a rousing adventure story and a testament to the spirit of democracy, Ethan Allen is the landmark biography of a man whose temper and philosophy helped define a nation. William Sterne Randall gives us the first comprehensive portrait of Ethan Allen in decades, masterfully evoking the upward struggle from childhood poverty to commandment of the largest American military force on the eve of the Revolution. The result is an explosive biography of the frontier Founding Father, one whose influential writings and bold actions inspired a generation of followers including Paine, Jefferson, and Madison.
About the Author
Willard Sterne Randall is the author of Ethan Allen: His Life and Times and Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor. A finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Randall is a professor of history at Champlain College and lives in Burlington, Vermont.
[An] engrossing treatment from an accomplished biographer.
Exhaustively researched and insightful.
Graceful, authoritative…a gripping story of guts and élan…This balanced biography is equally adept in relating Allen’s heroics, as in revealing his ‘intrigues as a frontier politician.’