This book is an epic. The figures who mattered in the Creek Indian War -- Tecumseh, Andrew Jackson, Sam Houston, and and a large cast of prophets, war chiefs, schemers, traders, and speculators -- are American archetypes. They were all trying to stake a claim to a huge prize, the fertile lands of the Deep South. Howard Weir has done prodigious research, and his command of the detail of the period results in a you-are-right-there experience for the reader. Better still, he understands and portrays the major characters in their full, complicated humanity. The Alabama territory was remote, but there are world-class scoundrels, heroes, and warriors in this book. Maybe the most admirable of them all was the War Chief William Weatherford, who rode his gray stallion off a high bluff and into the Alabama River to escape the forces of Andrew Jackson. For most Americans, the Creek Indian War is at best a footnote to the War of 1812. In A Paradise of Blood, Weir has shown that the war was something.. Read more
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Steve Park has a commanding knowledge of maritime history and in this book presents areas previously unexplored in the rich history of the "quiet years" immediately preceding the American Revolution. As the whole Gaspee Affair plays out, it was anything but "quiet". The Burning of His Majesty's Schooner Gaspee brings together extensive new research and insight into America's First Blow for Freedom.
Dr. John Concannon, historian, Gaspee Days Committee
This is a very successful narrative of a murder mystery from the late 19th century and provides an excellent read for those curious about murders of the past and the criminal investigations, practices and procedures that followed.
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This is a very well-written account of a great American tragedy maybe the greatest: the removal of the last Indians in the East to beyond the Mississippi River. This is a story of some Indians who early on recognized they could not remain in Ohio among the growing number of settlers and have any hope of maintaining their identities and then of some who tried their best to become the people US government said they needed to become only to learn that same government said they still must leave. My own experience in reading this book is I read all the chapters back-grounding events leading to the removal. Then I had to put the book down for a few days before I could continue. I dreaded what I'd read that much. As I finally got the nerve to continue, some of what I dreaded came to be, but I was at least comforted by the fact that some Americans did try to help the Indians remain or in the final instances when they were forced to depart to at least help them along their way. I was pleased, too,.. Read more