Savages and Scoundrels: The Untold Story of America's Road to Empire Through Indian Territory

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Yale University Press
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6.18 X 9.2 X 0.89 inches | 1.13 pounds

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About the Author

Paul VanDevelder is a journalist and author. His book Coyote Warrior: One Man, Three Tribes, and the Trial That Forged a Nation was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.


"This is a powerful story composed of careful scholarship, great adventure, and compassion. It is written like the wind, a macroscopic overview of manifest destiny with a vibrant cast of thousands. It is one of the best books I have ever read about our national tragedy."--John Nichols, author of The Milagro Beanfield War

--John Nichols

Praise for Paul VanDevelder's Coyote Warrior:

"Intense, heroic, patriotic, heartbreaking, uplifting, wise, and instructive, Coyote Warrior is a major work of history....It is our country's story, and it is our responsibility to know it. I'm grateful to Paul VanDevelder for telling it."--Rick Bass, author of Winter

--Rick Bass
Recommended by The Albuquerque Journal in its Holiday Gift Book Roundup--Holiday Gift Book Roundup "Albuquerque Journal" (12/12/2009 12:00:00 AM)
Winner of the 2011 Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction, sponsored by the Oregon Book Awards--Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction "Oregon Book Awards" (4/29/2011 12:00:00 AM)
"In this extremely well-written history, Paul VanDevelder . . . weaves events big and small into a tapestry of dispossession. The haunting story stays with you well after you have turned the last page."--Greg Grandin, author of Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City --Greg Grandin
"Savages and Scoundrels, an important book by journalist Paul VanDevelder, is a taut, elegantly written book. . . . VanDevelder's work should be required reading or anyone with the power - large or small scale - to dispel these myths: from Dan Snyder, current owner of the Washington Redskins, to every US history teacher and Hollywood director who is in the position to perpetuate the idea behind 'Manifest Destiny.'" --Wesley Hogan, History News Network--Wesley Hogan "History News Network"
"[A] refreshingly new intellectual and legalistic approach to the complex relations between European Americans and Native Americans. . . . This superlative work deserves close attention . . . . Highly recommended."--M. L. Tate, Choice--M. L. Tate "Choice" (2/1/2010 12:00:00 AM)
". . . . [A] riveting, often chilling account of how a young, land-hungry nation . . . invent[ed] the laws and policies that enabled it to push aside a people who . . . held legal ownership of millions of square miles of ancestral land."-- Marc Covert, The Oregonian--Marc Covert "The Oregonian"
"Paul VanDevelder has written a lively and fast-paced account of some of the major examples of the United States' acquisition of American Indian lands and assets."--Robert J. Miller, Great Plains Quarterly--Robert J. Miller "Great Plains Quarterly"

"Savages and Scoundrels tells a deeply saddening American story, detailing the long history of the European take-over and unscrupulous exploitation of Native American homelands. Let's hope that this exceptionally meaningful and useful account finds a responsive audience among the citizens who deal with tribal, religious and ethic complexities and conflicts anywhere around the world."--William Kittredge, author of Hole in the Sky

--William Kittredge

"VanDevelder's research on this relatively unknown story of federal-Indian relations is impeccable and infused with a humanizing of what has elsewhere been treated as merely a footnote in history."--Kurt Peters, Oregon State University

--Kurt Peters
"A fast moving drama about the rapacious development of American treaty policy toward the indigenous Indian tribes...compelling and highly relevant."--Greg Munro, University of Montana School of Law

--Greg Munro

"VanDevelder promises to "recontextualize and realign some of the major themes in America's story that have been mythologized and embroidered in many of our familiar, widely read and widely taught histories." It's a promise he keeps. Savages and Scoundrels is a riveting, often chilling account of how a young, land-hungry nation went about inventing the laws and policies that enabled it to push aside a people who, by its own admission and landmark court decisions, held legal ownership of millions of square miles of ancestral land."--Marc Covert, The Oregonian

--Marc Covert "The Oregonian" (5/1/2009 12:00:00 AM)