Eckert's description [in "Wilderness Empire"] of the often bloody encounters between the competing forces of empire, with the Indians taking different sides at different times, offers exciting reading. However, the author's use of extrapolated "dialogue" in an effort to make his book more lively and the absence of interpretation limit the value of the account. (pp. 82-3)
Irwin Polishook, "In Brief: America," in The New York Times Book Review (© 1969 by The New York Times Company; reprinted by permission), November 16, 1969, pp. 82-3.
[In Search of a Whale] is a well-written action narrative with plenty of excitement to...
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