Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power


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Yale University Press
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6.5 X 9.3 X 1.7 inches | 2.05 pounds

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About the Author

Pekka Hämäläinen is the Rhodes Professor of American History and Fellow of St. Catherine's College at Oxford University. He has served as the principal investigator of a five-year project on nomadic empires in world history, funded by the European Research Council. His previous book, The Comanche Empire, won the Bancroft Prize in 2009.


"All nations deserve to have their stories told with this degree of attentiveness"--Parul Sehgal, New York Times
"Impressive. . . . Lakota America takes us from the 16th century to the present, with painstaking, carefully marshaled detail, but its real feat is in threading how the Lakota philosophy and vision of the world guided their reinventions and their dealings with colonial powers. . . . Hämäläinen has the novelist's relish for the strange, pungent detail . . . [in this ] accomplished, and subtle, study."--Parul Sehgal, New York Times
"A comprehensive history of the tribe"--The Economist
Named One of the New York Times Critics' Top Books of 2019
"I recommend Pekka Hämäläinen's Lakota America, which is my favorite non-fiction book of this year."--Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg Opinion
Named One of the 10 Best History Books of 2019 by Smithsonian Magazine
"Astonishing in its scope. . . . It is rare to find such a work, a deft narrative so comprehensive that also includes lots of original research."--Jon M. Sweeney, America
Shortlisted for the Mark Lynton History Prize, sponsored by Columbia School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation.
Winner of the 2020 Spur Award, sponsored by the Western Writers of America
Finalist in the PROSE Awards North American and U.S. History category, sponsored by the Association of American Publishers
Selected for the 2020 Reading the West Narrative Non-fiction shortlist, sponsored by the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association
"Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse live in history as great warriors. Hämäläinen's brilliant exploration of the history and culture of the people that produced these two men is destined to become a classic."--Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard University
"Deeply researched, epic in scale, interpretatively adventurous, and ambitious, Lakota America will influence historians for years."--Richard White, Stanford University
"Like the Lakotas he studies, Pekka Hämäläinen is a shapeshifter. He is nuanced, nimble, and wise, with an uncanny capacity for reinvention as new understandings come to light. The result is stunning. To read Lakota America is to rethink American history itself."--Elizabeth Fenn, University of Colorado Boulder
"Lakota America is beautifully researched, persuasively argued, and justifiably audacious in its reach and implications. It is both a landmark in American Indian history and a provocative rethinking of North American history generally."--Elliott West, University of Arkansas