"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 readers."
"A gripping narrative of this little-known conflict and a careful exploration of the relationships between events of the Civil War and America's expansion west . . . Although the reader knows the eventual outcome of these battles--near extermination of Indian tribes and cultures--Berg maintains suspense about individual fates to round out this nuanced study of a complex period."
--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
"While Union and Confederate armies clashed at Bull Run and Antietam, another epochal--but largely forgotten--American struggle was being fought a thousand miles to the northwest. In vivid, often lyrical prose, Scott Berg tells a story of courage and ruthlessness, mercy and retribution."
--Adam Goodheart, best-selling author of "1861"
"Berg's . . . accomplishment is his ability to overlap the little-known Dakota War with its far better known counterpart, the American Civil War. The author's juxtaposition offers readers a contextual framework that provides unique insight into the era . . . A captivating tale of an oft-overlooked, morally ambiguous moment in American history."
--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)
""38 Nooses" vividly shows the pressures facing Dakota Indians in 1862, the pent-up conflicts between white settlers and Native people in the Upper Midwest, Bshow more