If you go in for this sort of thing (counterfactuals, alternate histories, what-ifs), then you'll get a lot out of this book. If you're a history buff, or interested in the historical fate of Native Americans in the face of European colonization, you'll also get a lot out of it. My only complaints are regarding the here-and-there typos and the occassional but brief lapses into a too-casual, for-alternate-history-buffs-only writing style. That and I want more! He usually ends a section with questions for the reader to ponder, but I want answers! ;) This guy has done his homework, and often even questions his own theories and speculations.
Dale Cozort has written a very well thought out book that - surprisingly - often does not center around warfare but also around "soft" issues like disease, technology, crops etc. A very broad view that at the end as a paradox leaves you with a better understanding of the mechanics underlying the real history of the American indians.
I've been a fan of Dale Cozort through his website for years, and I'm very happy for him to finally get something in print. Great scenarios, they are realistic and look at an often ignored part of history. A must read for any fan of Native Americans and/or Alternate History.
I learned a lot about First Nation history in this book. Stuff I never knew- and never even remotely suspected. There's a lot of wild and personal history of these continents that never gets reported, because the victors decide the history, and in this case, wipe out the losers. I am indebted to Cozort for sharing his vast knowledge of what might have been.
Although I was initially disappointed, as I was expecting more stories than history, I quickly warmed up to the various histories of different people groups. Cozort is detailed and expansive. He doesn't give into the easy possibilities, focusing only on the history of war, like some other series. Cozort recognizes that war is only one small part of the human condition, and there is much else that influences the tides of history as well.
I would still have liked further exploration of different scenarios. Often he stops when things start to really get going. He doesn't want to explore anything beyond the mid-1700s, because he says it's too difficult to predict. That's okay. That's where the fiction comes in.
I also found it difficult that there were so many grammar and spelling errors, likely because the book was self-published. And lastly, Cozort misses a major opportunity for discussion of American Indian victories. There was one group of Europeans who consistently stood by the Native Americans, who always treated them as equals, and indeed ended up giving up power because they did not agree with how other Europeans were treating the Natives. What if the Quakers had managed to continue control of Pennsylvania, had not given up power, and fostered true First Nation freedom and equality within that colony?