’Twas trade that drove the imperial expansion of the Frontier Partisan era — and trade drives us still. ’Tis the season for the giving of gifts, and may I humbly make a suggestion? Give the gift of Warriors of the Wild Lands: True Tales of the Frontier Partisans this season. Cuz nothing says “Peace On Earth, Good Will Toward Men” like 227 pages of blood-and-thunder.
Warriors of the Wildlands is a collection of 12 biographies, focusing on an eclectic set of individuals who operated on the world’s wild and dangerous frontiers. The book covers a broad spectrum in time, from the 1770s through World War I, exploring subjects such as Simon Kenton and Blue Jacket on the early Ohio frontier, to Al Sieber and Pancho Villa on the Mexican borderlands.
The book also explores the lives and legends of the African frontier experience, such as Deneys Reitz, a Boer commando, and Frederick Selous, a hunter and soldier in the African wilds.
If you’ve got anybody on your list who likes tales of outdoor adventure, military history with a focus on special operations, or any suchlike, they’ll enjoy it.
I won’t even ply you with rotgut likker in order to separate you from your hard-earned peltries — though I would gladly share a smoke. The simplest way to get the book is to order online through Paulina Springs Books, my hometown independent trading post. If Amazon.com is the Hudson’s Bay Company, think of Paulina Springs as the Rocky Mountain Fur Company: Independent and scrappy, the real deal.
If you’d like a personal inscription and a Frontier Partisans morale patch to boot, send me a check for $24 (includes shipping) to:
P.O. Box 461
Sisters, OR 97759
Let me know what you’d like the inscription to read, and I’ll get ’er done.