"Kirkus Reviews "has named "38 Nooses" a Best Nonfiction Book of 2012.
"Berg positions the book with the perfect focal length, tight enough to include fascinating and fleshed-out characters such as Little Crow, a skillful leader cursed with the gift of foresight, the captive-turned-supporter of the Indians Sarah Wakefield, and Lincoln himself, but also wide enough to capture the moral arc of the entire nation."
--"The Daily Beast," "Hot Reads"
"Impressive. . . . Alongside his portrait of Lincoln, Berg makes vivid his other protagonists. . . It is Little Crow who, from the opening pages, stand tallest in the reader's mind."
"Scott W. Berg reminds us in his splendid new book . . . that the Civil War was only part of the nation's crises in that era. . . . Berg does a remarkable job with the story and its aftermath, drawing on memoirs, contemporary reports and presidential papers to re-create--and offer an easy road map through--a complicated narrative."
--Scott Martelle (author of "Detroit: A Biography")," Los Angeles Times
"Superb. . . . "38 Nooses "is an imposing work, a moving story of an event enveloped within the most calamitous four years in American annals, and a book proving that obscure does not translate to unimportant when applied to events in history."
--"Dallas Morning News"
"Engrossing. . . . Berg's finely grained portraits of the protagonists and antagonists humanize the conflict."
"Although Berg's sympathies are clearly with the Dakota, he avoids preaching and strives successfully to present a balanced narrative of the conflict while providing excellent portrayals of some of the key participants. This is a valuable but understandably depressing account of an obscure but important episode in our history."
"This fascinating book examines the opening salvo in the U.S. conquest of the Great Plains and is highly recommended for all rshow more