Jon T. Coleman is a professor of American history at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Here Lies Hugh Glass: A Mountain Man, a Bear, and the Rise of the American Nation (Hill and Wang, 2012) and Vicious: Wolves and Men in America, which won the W. Turrentine Jackson Prize and the John H. Dunning Prize. Coleman lives in South Bend, Indiana.
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“A vigorously written meditation on . . . America’s encounter with the wilderness.” —The Wall Street Journal
In the summer of 1823, a grizzly bear mauled...