Despite having lived in Savannah, just south of South Carolina, for most of my life and having a practically lifelong love of History I never really knew much about Francis Marion beyond the myths and legends that sprang up about him. Even then, the myths were mostly about his military activity and not the man himself. The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution by John Oller is a compelling story of not only Marion’s military activity but about Marion himself. Knowing who he was as a person is key in understanding why he did what he is famous for and it gives you a window into his decision making, explaining why he was as successful as he was. Oller has done a wonderful job telling us about Marion the man, so in this book, we not only have a record of what he did but a much better understanding of how and why he did it. I truly enjoyed reading The Swamp Fox and heartily recommend it to anyone who’s familiar with the myths and wants to know more about who Marion was and what he did.