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In the darkest days of the American Revolution, Francis Marion and his band of militia freedom fighters kept hope alive for the patriot cause during the critical British southern campaign. Like the Robin Hood of legend, Marion and his men attacked from secret hideaways before melting back into the forest or swamp. Employing insurgent tactics that became commonplace in later centuries, Marion and his brigade inflicted losses on the enemy that were individually small but cumulatively a large drain on British resources and morale.
In The Swamp Fox, the first major biography of Marion in more than 40 years, John Oller compiles striking evidence to provide a fresh look at Marion the man and how he helped save the American Revolution.
©2016 John Oller (P)2016 Tantor
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By Stephen on 06-07-17

The Swamp Fox - Francis Marion

Performance: Very good, no issues.

Content: I purchased this book since I knew little of the American Revolution in this "theater" or in the Southern Colonies. It was interesting to read more about this person's life, his motivations, and his tactics. Like the Washington, his tactics and actions range from the tactical level to the operational / strategic ... that is it affected the outcome of the war by tying down British forces in the countryside; a goal of all weaker forces and insurgents. Finally, the discussion on French Huguenot roots, customs, and relations were interesting and unknown to me before this novel. His physical description and personal life are very out of step with the traditional tall, dashing figures we see in many leaders.

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By B. Neuls on 11-29-16

This was a fascinating story of a true patriot.

Really enjoyed this book on the life and legend of Francis Marion. Appreciate the fact the author was fair in his take on the person Francis Marion. Would most certainly recommend this to anyone who is interested in history.

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