Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.4 X 9.3 X 1.7 inches | 2.3 pounds

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About the Author

Daniel J. Sharfstein is a professor of law and history at Vanderbilt University and a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow. His first book, The Invisible Line: A Secret History of Race in America, received the J. Anthony Lukas Prize. He lives in Nashville.


Magnificent and tragic....Sharfstein is a wonderful storyteller with a deep knowledge of all the relevant source material from the period. His narrative is rich with fascinating historical details.--Nick Romeo "Christian Science Monitor"
In his penetrating new book, Thunder in the Mountains, Daniel J. Sharfstein shows how the meaning of freedom was contested after the Civil War not only in the South but all the way to the Pacific Northwest....Sharfstein's account makes for absorbing reading; it adds immeasurably to our understanding of the complicated, interwoven lives of those who fought for 'progress' east and west.--Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University
Beautifully wrought and impossible to put down, Daniel Sharfstein's Thunder in the Mountains chronicles with compassion and grace that resonant past we should never forget.--Brenda Wineapple, author of Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877
Revelatory and riveting.--Gregory P. Downs, University of California-Davis, author of After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War
One of the epic tales of American history, rendered by a master storyteller. Daniel Sharfstein breathes new life into the fascinating figures at the heart of the Nez Perce War.--Karl Jacoby, author of The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire
Daniel Sharfstein offers a searing account of an American tragedy: how Oliver Otis Howard, a champion for the rights of freed slaves, became an architect of the dispossession and subjugation of Native people. This beautifully written book will change the way readers think about the era of Civil War and Reconstruction.--Ari Kelman, author of A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek
Solidly researched, well-written and engaging.-- "Dallas Morning News"
Intimate, propulsive and ultimately heart-breaking....a compassionate military history and a shrewd examination of how cultural legends are created.--Julie M. Klein "Chicago Tribune"
A brisk narrative.--Thomas E. Ricks "The New York Times Book Review"