No epoch in American history is more deeply steeped in myth than is the era of the Indian Wars of the American West. For 120 years, popular history, film, and fiction has depicted the period as a clearly defined struggle between good and evil, reversing the roles of heroes and villains as necessary to accommodate a changing national conscience. It was to right the historical record that Peter Cozzens wrote The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars of the American West, the first objective account of the Indian Wars, and the first book on the subject from a major publisher in over forty years. It will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in October 2016.
Mr. Cozzens will share some of the central themes of his forthcoming book and offer a short reading from the manuscript as well.
All of Mr Cozzens’ books have been selections of the Book of the Month Club, History Book Club, and/or the Military Book Club. His books This Terrible Sound: The Battle of Chickamauga and The Shipwreck of Their Hopes: The Battles for Chattanooga were both chosen by Civil War Magazine as two of the 100 greatest works ever written on the conflict. And the History Book Club called his five-volume Eyewitnesses to the Indian Wars “the definitive resource on the military struggle for the American West.” and Shenandoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign was a Choice “Outstanding Academic Title” for 2009.
He was a frequent contributor to the New York Times “Disunion” series, America’s Civil War, Civil War Times Illustrated, and MHQ, among other publications. Mr Cozzens lives in Kensington.