HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Ethan Allen: A Life of Adventure
Author: Michael T. Hahn
Cover Illustrator: Ron Himler
Publisher: New England Press Inc., 1994
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 9 – 12
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Hahn, Michael T. Ethan Allen: A Life of Adventure (Published in 1994 by The New England Press, P. O. Box 57, Shelburne, VT 05482). Ethan Allen (1737-1789) was a farmer, businessman, land speculator, philosopher, writer, and politician, but is best remembered as the American Revolutionary War patriot who led the capture of Fort Ticonderoga, and is revered as one of the founders of Vermont. Author Michael T. Hahn examines the life of the Vermont soldier and essayist who led the Green Mountain Boys. The book includes a chronology of Allen’s achievements along with historical events in Vermont and other parts of North America.
Two things need to be noted. There are numerous references to the fact that Ethan was known as a hard-drinking man. Also, while he claimed to believe in “God,” he entertained extremely unorthodox religious views and basically opposed all organized religion. However, we can still respect people and admire the good that they may have accomplished, in spite of their faults and even if we don’t agree with everything about them.