Thunder in the Mountains, by Daniel Sharfstein, recounts the epic clash of two American legends – their brutal war and a battle of ideas that defined America after Reconstruction. Re-creating the Nez Perce War through the voices of its survivors, Daniel J. Sharfstein’s visionary history of the West casts Oliver Otis Howard’s turn away from civil rights alongside the nation’s rejection of racial equality and embrace of empire. The conflict becomes a pivotal struggle over who gets to claim the American dream: a battle of ideas about the meaning of freedom and equality, the mechanics of American power, and the limits of what the government can and should do for its people. The war that Howard and Chief Joseph fought is one that Americans continue to fight today.
Join Daniel for his book event at 7:30 tonight at Powell's City of Books located at 1005 W Burnside in Portland.