July 05

Review roundup


A Thrilling Narrative of Indian CaptivityA Thrilling
Narrative of Indian Captivity: Dispatches from the Dakota War
by Mary
Butler Renville in H-Net

A Thrilling Narrative of Indian Captivity is
an ambitious, multifaceted volume that plunges us deep into the complexities of
the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War, and, more specifically, into the intertribal
conflicts that erupted in the wake of colonization and dispossession. At
the center of the book lies a unique exemplar of the captivity narrative; the
editors have supplemented the original text itself (which they have also richly
annotated) with both historical and literary introductions, and with additional
primary sources. A Thrilling Narrative
of Indian Captivity
 confirms
the view held by some that the U.S.-Dakota War was, as much as anything else, a
civil war among the Dakota in Minnesota, and makes a powerful case for
listening to a wide range of voices in order to fully understand this
conflict.”

-Colette
Hyman

 


Tin GodTin God
by Terese
Svoboda in the San Diego City Beat

“Both
journeys are foolhardy, rendered with extraordinary wit, and conclude with
rapacious violence. How does Svoboda pull this off? By making use of the original
omniscient narrator: God.

The
result is an immersive look at the hearts and minds of middle Americans through
the ages as they search for something they’re not sure even exists but are
propelled to probe deeper into a terrain that grows increasingly alien.”

-Jim
Ruland

 


Death Zones and Darling Spies Death Zones
and Darling Spies
by Beverly Deep Keever in the Books in Review II blog

“In her new memoir, Death Zones and Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War
Reporting 
(University of Nebraska Press, 360 pp., $26.95),
Beverly Deepe Keever does an excellent job of recounting her unique Vietnam War
experiences. The book, she notes, is ‘more than just my re-reporting of the
Vietnam War or my instant replay of the history that I witnessed.’ In her book
Keever fills out what she experienced with information that she couldn’t write
about at the time—mainly from secret government documents about the war that
later surfaced in The
Pentagon Papers
.”

-Marc
Leepson

 

Hoosh
We Are HereThe
University of Nebraska Press would also like to congratulate two of our authors
for receiving a 2012 ForeWord BOTYA: Jason C. Anthony for his book, Hoosh in the Travel Essays category and
Ellen Cassedy for We Are Here in
the History category. See the full list of
winners here.