"Blending history with ethnography and a bit of sociology, Trask's volume explains the war and its lingering impact extremely well . . . Fascinating."—Chicago Sun-Times
"Trask brings to life the struggles between the Indian nations and the advancing white Americans for the 'heart of America' in the 1820s and 1830s . . . He does something unusual in this book that covers a dynamic period in American history which pits the white Americans against the American Indians: He provides the Indian side of the story."—The Oklahoman
"A superb work of history: the best and most complete narrative of the conflict between the United States and the Sauk nation, and a rich and insightful account of the cultural, social, and political forces that drove Indians and whites into a devastating war."—Richard Slotkin, author of Lost Battalions and Gunfighter Nation
Kerry A. Trask, a scholar of early American history, is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. Trask is the author of two previous books; his most recent is Fire Within: A Civil War Narrative from Wisconsin, which was awarded the Leslie Cross Nonfiction Award. He now lives on the west shore of Lake Michigan.