Anderson, professor of history at the University of Oklahoma, specializes in Indian history.
His research is astounding, abundant and detailed. Anderson’s slant and obvious bias, however, shows through in any number of instances. From the cover of the book to his references of intentional smallpox epidemics perpetuated by the Indian traders to this incredulous quote from Anderson, “Recent studies of Yugoslavia and elsewhere reveal that political elites often direct the actions of paramilitary groups involved in ethnic cleansing. The situation was similar in Texas, where politicians supported Texas Ranger units that became the agents of ethnic cleansing.” And this, “some Texans began to see rangers for what they really were—an embarrassment and a threat to law and order.” Texas history buffs have alternatives.—Linda Wommack