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The book gives a concise history in a fair and straightforward way, starting from the first Powhatan war in Virginia in 1622 (actually, it describes some earlier Spanish conflicts also) and goes all the way to Wounded Knee in 1890. I read it cover to cover in paperback years ago, and am delighted to have it now in my eBook library.
What I particularly like about the book is its balanced approach. It does not treat the Indians simply as cruel "savages," nor go overboard in political correctness. It tells what happened with lots of interesting details, vignettes, and contemporaneous quotes.
I particularly liked this 1570 quote from Montaigne about the Spanish conquests: “So many goodly cities ransacked and razed; so many nations destroyed or made desolate; so infinite millions of harmless people of all sexes, status, and ages, massacred, ravaged, and put to the sword; and the richest, the fairest, the best part of the world turned upside down, ruined, and defaced for the traffic of pearls and peppers!
That pretty much sums it up. Everyone interested in this history of the American Indians and the West should have this book in their library.
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Amazon Kindle Sales Rank when this review was posted: 180.
This nonfiction history of the Indian Wars is a terrific overview for each of the more significant campaign exerted against the various groupings of aboriginal peoples of what would become the United States.
Written in plain English, this is clearly intended as an objective discussion of the general causes of each military campaign.
Although some detail is evident regarding the differing attitudes by the contestants, in just 254 pages it is impossible to even mention a number of the significant skirmishes and battles. Although I'd have preferred much more depth to the main battles and at least some mention of the lesser fights that occurred during each campaign, this was a good summary that can foster a great curiosity among those who do give this work a once over.
But, there is far more worthwhile reading than one might expect from a text of only 254 pages. Therefore, I'm rating this as a five star book.
each chapter it is difficult to understand where things are happening, distances involved, etc.. Seve3rtaal times I went to the computer to find
a map because locations referred to were unknown or no longer using the same name.
Daniel E. Spector, PhD
US Army Chemical Corps Historian, Retired
But there are two things I wish the authors added: 1) a set of maps that would helped understand the territories and the location of major events; and 2) I wish the authors spent more effort putting the events within the context of current events at the time. I wished for more of the background story. Nevertheless, a very good read. Highly recommended.