This is an interesting book. Pearce does a good job in compiling cultural information related to the meeting of Western culture and indigenous American societies. However, it is difficult to differentiate between the author's voice and his citations: does he agree with the sources which he quotes?
Outside of his citations, Pearce continues to use the words "savages," "primitive," along with many other derogatory terms. Often, I found myself having to re-read a passage to see where his quotation ended and his commentary began.
1. A great compilation of documentation relating to Western and Native American cultural interaction;
2. Well written (Note, see the caveat below) and concise;
1. Caveat: Although well written, the difficulty distinguishing his voice from his citations makes one wonder if he agrees with the citations' sentiments;
When this was written (in the 1950's), Native Americans still had a social stigma attached to them. Because of that, I think that you not only get a good feel for Western beliefs at the beginning of this country, but, also of the author's time, as well, which is the reason for this review's title. If you want an accurate view from the Western culture's perspective concerning Native Americans from the earliest meetings to the author's time, then this is an excellent book.
I rate it 4 stars out of 5 due to the difficulty in distinguishing the author's voice, if difficulty it truly is; I am giving the author the benefit of the doubt about his own beliefs concerning Native Americans.