3 out of 4 stars
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Warrior Culture, the Indian Wars and Depredations (Volume 1) by Edward Osborne is a non-fiction book that investigates historical evidence related to horrific atrocities committed by Indians in the western part of the United States mainly during the latter half of the 19th century. Throughout the text, the author criticizes the mainstream progressive approach towards the vile practices of the Native Americans, as he tries to prove that their uncivilized actions are unjustifiable.
The author begins by exploring the culture of killing and raping present in both Aztecs and Plains Indians. After sharing some information about the awful human sacrifices performed by Aztec priests, the writer delves into the terrible mutilations done by Indians in the 19th century in the American Plains. In particular, the author discusses the culture of war and vengeance in Indian society, as he explores historical primary sources related to Indian raids of homes, where men, women, and children were scalped, and their bodies were defiled in the most horrendous of ways. This is because Indian male warriors needed to scalp victims to establish their status in the tribe. Female Indians were treated as slaves, while white women that were captured were raped and atrociously abused.
There were several aspects of this book that I appreciated. Firstly, the author structured this book very logically, as he broke down his thoughts clearly and cohesively. He organized the text excellently, summarizing the main points of his research at the end of each chapter. Moreover, the writer created interest and excitement in the book by adding emotion and drama to the text. The author managed to successfully convey the pain and agony experienced by the white settlers who lost their families and children to the savagery of the Indians. What I liked most about this book was that it was historically accurate, as the author included a rich bibliography with hundreds of sources, thereby allowing him to reach valid and persuasive conclusions.
What I disliked most about the text was that it had a vast number of grammatical and syntax mistakes, which degraded the author’s professionalism and the book’s image.
This book will be mostly enjoyed by people who want to learn more information about the Native Americans and their violent culture. Readers who have historical knowledge will be able to follow the author’s arguments more easily. Only mature adult readers are suitable to read this book, as there are many descriptions of horrifically violent scenes.
In summary, I rate this book with 3 out of 4 stars. I could not give it a perfect rating due to its unprofessional editing. Nevertheless, I did not give this book a lower score since it was rationally structured and well researched.
Warrior Culture, the Indian Wars and Depredations (Volume 1)
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