""Manifest Destiny's Underworld" is a well-researched and thoughtful analysis of a neglected yet important topic of American history.
("North Carolina Historical Review")"
"ÝThis book¨ uncovers issues largely ignored by previous scholars and connects filibusterism with the war with Mexico and the Civil War.
("Hispanic American Historical Review")"
"This is one of those rare books that [combines] an interesting topic and excellent writing.
"[This book] uncovers issues largely ignored by previous scholars and connects filibusterism with the war with Mexico and the Civil War.
("Hispanic American Historical Review")"
"May has produced his magnum opus. . . . Unquestionably the finest volume yet written on the subject of filibustering."
-- "Civil War History"
Manifest Destiny's Underworld is a well-researched and thoughtful analysis of a neglected yet important topic of American history. This volume, with its unshakable interpretation, pertinent maps and illustrations, copious notes, and engaging style, should emerge as the definitive work on American filibustering.--North Carolina Historical Review
This, of course, is Robert E. May's essential point: the filibusters, who had a critical impact on contemporary American culture and politics, have largely vanished from our historical memory. . . . No one has heretofore synthesized the filibusterers' activities and analyzed who served, their motivation, ideology, funding, and role in the broader milieu. The author thus provides not only an overview of major and minor expeditions but also a colorful and interesting look at their identities and the consequences of their actions. . . . May has provided a major contribution toward our understanding of the 'underworld' of filibustering.--American Historical Review
This is one of those rare books that combine all the elements of an outstanding work of history by blending an interesting topic, thorough research, and excellent writing to present the best portrayal of antebellum filibustering to date. A new look at pro-slavery expansion into Latin America has long been overdue, and May presents a thorough updating of a misunderstood activity. . . . This outstanding book is appropriate for those interested in the antebellum period, Latin American history, or foreign policy of the era.--Choice
In this balanced, judicious, and readable account of U.S. filibustering from the 1820s to the 1860s, Robert E. May . . . redesigns the study of filibustering. . . . [An] impressive book.--Journal of Southern History
This exhaustively researched book carefully describes the roots and legacies of military adventurism. May judiciously weighs difficult and conflicting evidence in this unfailingly interesting treatment of filibustering that offers the reader few genuine heroes but a large cast of colorful villains. With a superb eye for the telling detail and the revealing quotation, May convincingly demonstrates how the most fanatical advocates of Manifest Destiny also did the most to discredit territorial expansion.--George C. Rable, University of Alabama
May has produced his magnum opus. . . . Unquestionably the finest volume yet written on the subject of filibustering.--Civil War History
Manifest Destiny's Underworld is the fullest, most detailed, most thoroughly researched book ever written on the antebellum filibuster movement. Robert May has conclusively demonstrated the importance of the drive for slavery's expansion in driving the filibusters. This book will become an essential reference work on its subject.--James M. McPherson, Princeton University
Exhaustively researched and comprehensive in scope, Manifest Destiny's Underworld is the first book successfully to integrate filibustering into the antebellum American experience. Equally important, the book will be of immense value to scholars interested in the larger, geopolitical role that the United States played during the nineteenth century. As such, it serves as a telling reminder that American aggression against hemispheric neighbors has had a long history, one that predates the emergence of the United States as a world power.--Military History of the West
[This book] uncovers issues largely ignored by previous scholars . . . and connects filibusterism with the war with Mexico and the Civil War.--Hispanic American Historical Review
[Manifest Destiny's Underworld: Filibustering in Antebellum America] is an important and well-written book that restores to its proper place a little known but significant topic in American history.--Manhattan Journal of the West
This is a major new book that merits the close perusal of anyone concerned with mid-nineteenth-century America.--Pacific Historical Review
Well-researched and intelligently argued . . . expressively take[s] up the imperial mindset in American history.--American Studies