Book cover for A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham by Steve Kemperby Steve Kemper
@Steve Kemper

“Rich, detailed, and pitch-perfect, with the witty and wonderful skipping off every page.” —Maxwell Carter, Wall Street Journal

Frederick Russell Burnham’s (1861–1947) amazing story resembles a newsreel fused with a Saturday matinee thriller. One of the few people who could turn his garrulous friend Theodore Roosevelt into a listener, Burnham was once world-famous as “the American scout.” His expertise in woodcraft, learned from frontiersmen and Indians, helped inspire another friend, Robert Baden-Powell, to found the Boy Scouts. His adventures encompassed Apache wars and range feuds, booms and busts in mining camps around the globe, explorations in remote regions of Africa, and death-defying military feats that brought him renown and high honors. His skills led to his unusual appointment, as an American, to be Chief of Scouts for the British during the Boer War, where his daring exploits earned him the Distinguished Service Order from King Edward VII.

Interview with the Author

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Steve Kemper, “A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham” (W.W. Norton, 2016)
6/13/16        31 min


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