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This book provides a very detailed and interesting account of the Black Hawk War between the Sauk people and the United States. Details of both sides are given, presenting both the good and the bad they both did. The story is a very interesting one, if not a little heartbreaking. This, along with many other conflicts with Native Americans, is far from a high point in the nations history.
Through collecting a large variety of previous historical reviews and information of the war, including Black Hawk's own account, and song/verse written about the war, Patrick Jung attempted to present a balanced and complete history. Jung states where accounts differ and doesn't go beyond what can be known, acknowledging where there are gaps in our information.
Very interesting and very informative.
Narration by peter Hassinger is well done. Easy to follow and engaging. I had the chance to discuss with him how he went about working out pronunciation of many of the names in the book, and this is the response I got (hopefully he doesn't mind me sharing this):
"I talked with the language department of the tribe on their reservation in Oklahoma and that's how I got that. I had a tough time finding correct pronunciations for Indian names since they didn't exist as written words but only sounds until white people tried to write them down. I also talked with Ojibway in Wisconsin and Winnebago in Michigan. Even then I couldn't get pronunciations for every name and had to do what made the most sense based on what i had learned."
I always find it interesting to know the level of effort that goes into narration work, especially when strange names are included. This extra bit of info on his research processes was great to know and adds extra authenticity to his work.
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This is a terrific audio book!
I have listened to hundreds of history books on audible.com since joining about 13 years ago. This is one of the best; it is truly excellent. That said, I think any history book must be reviewed differently than others as history books are (usually) never as good when read to you as when you read them yourself. Well...in my opinion.
This book is itself quite well done. In my opinion it has all of the key aspects of a great history book: 1) excellent preface information. In this case it began back around the time of the War of 1812 and worked its way up to the Black Hawk War. 2) Complete coverage of the topic. In this case, of course, the topic is the Black Hawk War. The author covers this thoroughly with both empirical examples as well as primary information. That said, this is not new materials uncovered from the depths of some archive somewhere but information used in a refreshing and interesting manner. So don't expect to uncover anything new. Finally 3) all good history books end not just with the end of the subject but continues on to demonstrate the importance of why it was good that the reader slogged through the entire book and why we should be glad we read it. The author does okay with that--not great, but covers it. So in short, this is an awesome book.
The narrative is very good indeed. It is a bit slow for me--I had to listen to it at 1.5x speed--but I tend to like people to say what they say and shut up. And thanks to the miracle of modern technology, I can listen to it at my speed and others can listen to it at theirs. The narrator read in a very talkative style--almost as if he is telling a story rather than reading one. I haven't decided whether I like that or not, but thought I would at least point it out.
If you are interested at all in American History, the History of the American West, the Indian Wars, or simply want to know how an excellent historian practices his or her craft...this book is for you.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
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