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The Modoc War: A Story of Genocide at the Dawn of America's Gilded Age, unrolls a long-overlooked narrative that illuminates a dark corner of the American psyche. This conflict, which took place in 1872–73 and was California’s only full-blown Indian war, climaxed a decades-long campaign of extermination and removal that symbolizes all too much of European America's treatment of Native America and the continent. The book appears under the University of Nebraska Press's Bison Books trade imprint and is available now in bookstores and online at UNP.

"Well-paced with vividly drawn characters and exciting, dramatic prose, Robert Aquinas McNally has written the most thoroughly researched and historically accurate narrative history of the Modoc War to date. A tour de force of historical storytelling, The Modoc War is an insightful exploration of one of America's most important but forgotten Indian wars."

-- Boyd Cothran, author of Remembering the Modoc War: Redemptive Violence and the Making of American Innocence


“From the opening scene to the end, The Modoc War unfolds with an unrelenting pace and engaging immediacy. One rarely comes across a historical account written with such verve, truly deserving to be called a page-turner. Here is ethnohistory at its best, an accounting of Indian-white relations from multiple perspectives.”

-- James J. Rawls, author of Indians of California: The Changing Image


“Robert McNally’s history of the Modoc War, convincingly told from engrossing start to finish, tells the story of an American tragedy, but not without powerfully illustrating the nobility and endurance of the people who suffered it.”

-- Greg Sarris, chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and author of Grand Avenue and Watermelon Nights


“Robert McNally’s page-turning Modoc War is one of the finest books ever written on this tragic history.”

-- Benjamin Madley, author of An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846–1873