UNKNOWN HISTORY: The book provides an entirely new lens to examine a moment in American history that many don’t know about. Cozzens’s exhaustive research not only fleshes out Tecumseh as a venerable Native American figure, but also sheds light on his brother Tenskwatawa as a fascinating new character.
TRUSTED AUTHOR: Peter Cozzens is an award-winning historian whose previous book, The Earth Is Weeping, was a Times History Book of the Year and a Smithsonian Top History Book of 2016. Once again, the quality of Cozzens’s writing and research is undeniable in these pages.
BUILDS ON A LARGER VISION: Alongside his upcoming book on the struggle between the government and the Indians for control of the Old Southwest, The Earth Is Weeping and Tecumseh and the Prophet will form a trilogy that will offer a balanced and sweeping history of the violent dispossession of Native American lands. Each book fills a glaring gap in our historical knowledge.
HIGH ADVENTURE AND DRAMA: Cozzens takes the reader to the frontlines of vicious battles between the Shawnee and American settlers and uses his granular knowledge of Native American history to write an absorbing account of everyday life in the late-seventeenth to early-eighteenth centuries. This is a captivating read that will appeal to lovers of history and general readers alike.
Winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Biography.
A Washington Independent Review Favorite Book of 2020
A Cowboys and Indians Editor’s Pick
“Cozzens expertly mines the surprisingly varied array of sources for the brothers’ early lives; he presents the fullest picture yet of who these men were before they achieved national fame. His book balances them more than any previous retelling of the story ever has. Tecumseh and the Prophet is as close to a fully realized popular biography of Tenkswatawa as is ever likely to be written … Tecumseh and the Prophet paints in vivid colors the grandest effort of Native Americans to retain their independence – and the political and spiritual leaders who tried to make it happen.”
—Steve Donoghue, Christian Science Monitor
”This… is no sentimental paean to an innocent martyr, no simplistic homage to a “noble savage”… Cozzens is a master storyteller; his books weave a wealth of intricate detail into gripping historical narrative… In this book descriptions of battles are especially enthralling; one can almost smell the gunpowder, the blood and the loamy forest floor.“
—Gerard DeGroot, The Times (UK)
”Tecumseh and the Prophet is a thorough profile of the notable Tecumseh and his Brother. Author Peter Cozzens sculpts his narrative deftly and compellingly. In relating the barbarity of the frontier wars, the author remains objective yet empathetic. Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa are fascinating figures, capable of greatness and leadership, yet destined for tragedy. A+ work.“
—Philip Zozzaro, San Francisco Book Review
”The strength of Cozzens’ book is his ability to bring to life the thrilling adventures of Tecumseh and his people. Many a war yarn gets bogged down in minutiae, but the author animates these battles by sharing the human stories behind the fighting. By ably piecing together a history that is equal parts engaging and amply sourced, Cozzens has crafted a satisfying work that leads us to sympathize with his subjects without putting his finger on the scale to prove his point.“
—Chris Rutledge, Washington Independent Review of Books
”Cozzens has a gift for depicting the intricacies of combat with both clarity and flair…. the dual biography comes across as fair and impartial. Without sentimentality, and without overlooking the faults of its heroes, it presents a nuanced look at their attempt to halt the invasion of their lands.“
—Margaret Quamme, Columbus Dispatch
”Engrossing… Cozzens’ biographyis solidly researched, fluently written, and bound to stand as the best history to date about the Shawnee brothers’ lives and effort to rally pan-Indian resistance.“
”Cozzens rightly rejects the old stories, arguing convincingly that Tenskwatawa successfully shaped a powerful spiritual doctrine out of nativist resistance.“
—Philip Deloria, The New Yorker
”Mr. Cozzens puts his narrative skills to great use. His compelling prose and deep research in both primary sources and histories of the period combine to place the reader on the ground with the Shawnee brothers…Sharply drawn.“
—Kathleen DuVal, The Wall Street Journal
”Award-winning historian Peter Cozzens admirably brings this lost world to life… Cozzens’s descriptions of Tenskwatawa’s spiritual agenda, centered on Indian independence and rejection of White culture, will remind readers that tribal leaders from Osceola to Sitting Bull attempted to preserve native culture with the weapons of war. The tragedy of their failure haunts America today.“
—Nancy Tappan, American History Magazine
”In 1768, the year of Tecumseh’s birth, 60,000 Native Americans in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley stood against a white colonial population of two million. As settlers crested the Appalachians, this imbalance only got worse. Against this epic backdrop, Peter Cozzens weaves his marvelous tale of the two Shawnee brothers who stood against the storm. Tecumseh and the Prophet tells a story of nation-defining events and larger-than-life leaders, and Cozzens’ nuanced portrait stands as one of the best pieces of Native American history I have read.”
—S. C. Gwynne, author of New York Times best-sellers Empire of the Summer Moon, and Rebel Yell
“Cozzens… shows his skill at revealing the social and daily realities of late 18th- and early 19th-century life, including wonderfully vivid descriptions of pioneer conditions and Algonquin villages…A long overdue non-fiction account. Tecumseh’s life and the wider struggle for the Great Lakes and Ohio River valley now has a current, solid work by an accomplished author.”
—Library Journal, starred
“An enthralling, deeply researched dual biography of Shawnee leader Tecumseh and his younger brother… Cozzens’s cinematic narrative is steeped in Native American culture and laced with vivid battle scenes and character sketches. American history buffs will gain a new appreciation for what these resistance leaders accomplished.”
“Comprehensive… Blending historical fact with solid storytelling, Cozzens delivers a nuanced study of the great warrior and his times.”
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