If you're not familiar with any of Neil H. Swanson books and also happen to be a lover of early American history, this collection will add a few history lessons to your bookshelf. "Unconquered: A Novel of the Pontiac Conspiracy" is undoubtedly the most famous of them all. Included here is a VCR recording of the film released in 1995 by Cecil B. DeMille. The film has been described as a historical drama in the American wilderness in the 1700's prior to the Revolutionary War. The movie stars Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard and Boris Karloff. An earlier novel (not included in this collection) was also made into a movie in 1939, a western adventure starring John Wayne and Claire Trevor.
As a teen-ager I read Unconquered from my father's collection many years ago and have re-read it many times since. Later I found others and added to this collection, which is not quite complete. Swanson wrote a total of nine novels. "The Perilous Fight" gives a new perspective to the Battle of Baltimore from which the Star Spangled Banner was born. Swanson refers to this period as "Being a little known and much abused chapter of our national history..." Swanson was meticulous with his research which is revealed in the detail of his story telling in all of his novels.
While writing novels was his passion, his career was journalism. He worked with several newspapers in Minnesota, Pittsburgh, and finally at the Baltimore Sun, where he was assistant managing editor. Born in 1896 in Minneapolis, Swanson died in 1983 in Baltimore.
Titles included with this set are: The Judas Tree (1933), The Phantom Emperor (1934), The Forbidden Ground (1938), The Silent Drum (1940), The Perilous Fight (1945), Unconquered (1947). All are first editions. ISBN Number listed refers to the 1995 film.
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