From the Inside Flap
"Oberg has produced what should stand for some time as the definitive biography of Uncas, one that significantly advances our understanding of the sachem's life and of Anglo-Indian relations in seventeenth-century southern New England. He is especially effective in showing just how fluid indigenous political leadership and tributary relationships were and how Uncas and other Indian leaders capitalized on that fluidity. . . . Oberg has given us our fullest portrait of Uncas to date, together with a solid account of the historical context that shaped, and was shaped by, this remarkable sachem."―Neal Salisbury, Smith College, The New England Quarterly, December 2003.
"Unlike past writers, Michael Leroy Oberg avoids caricaturing Uncas and humanizes him. Because Uncas closely allied himself with the English yet managed to maintain a greater cultural gap between his people and the colonists than did many other leaders, he was unique. Yet if one had to choose an Indian whose life story could be used to present a microcosm of seventeenth-century New England, it would have to be Uncas."―James D. Drake, Metropolitan State College of Denver, William and Mary Quarterly, July 2004
"For his nicely nuanced and minutely detailed narrative, historians of native southern New England owe much to Michael Oberg."―William B. Hart, Middlebury College, The Journal of American History, June 2004
"The author looks at Uncas' relationship with both the English and the region's other tribes, particularly the Pequots and Narragansetts, both of whom rivaled the Mohegans for control of the area. The sachem's skillful cultivation and use of his allies, while keeping Mohegan interests at the forefront of his concerns, draws Oberg's praise."―Tom Wanamaker, Indian Country, Sept. 24, 2005
"Oberg has composed what is clearly the most comprehensive and strongest treatment of Uncas thus far. . . . The author has successfully employed the framework of ethnohistory to construct a balanced and contextualized interpretation of Uncas' life, something that has been heretofore elusive. The Uncas that emerges from Oberg's pages is neither a bronzed hero of English providence, nor a convenient straw man who can be battered in the name of white guilt over and justification for imperial conquests."―Akim D. Reinhardt, Towson University, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 5:2, 2004
"This is a very impressive narrative account of the life of one of the most notable Mohegans. Michael Leroy Oberg demonstrates that it is possible to reconstruct in detail most facets of a Native American's life in the seventeenth century. Uncas: First of the Mohegans is paced well and its scenes are often vivid."―Peter C. Mancall, author of Deadly Medicine: Indians and Alcohol in Early America and Valley of Opportunity: Economic Culture Along the Upper Susquehanna, 1700-1800