New indians, Old Wars Elizabeth cook-lynn, university of Illinois press, $32.95, hardcover; 800-537-5487.

newindiansoldwarsCook-Lynn, a professor of Native American Studies and a Crow Creek Sioux, says it is time for Native American Studies to leave behind the myths of Indian history created by Christian churches and the federal government.

The American continent was not “shared space,” nor was it redeemed from barbarity: It was stolen. Furthermore, she makes a challenging connection between the colonial language used to justify the war against Indians and the language describing the current “war on terror.” The style of the book is academic, and it is perfect for Native Americana educators. Its careful, though radical, argument is thought-provoking.

—Cynthia Green

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