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
The strongest part of Geake’s book, and most original contribution, is his following up on the post-war lives of the soldiers as they tried to build their lives as freemen. The former slaves were not given any land to farm or other assistance. Many had to take temporary manual labor jobs to survive.
Journal of the American Revolution
Lots of interesting photo references in here, while the text provides an equally interesting background to one of the lesser well known parts of the war in the Pacific. Another good addition to the Images of War series.
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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland