Benjamin Madley

Benjamin Madley spent much of his childhood near the Oregon border where he became interested in the relationship between colonizers and indigenous peoples. He was named the Best New Western Author of 2016 for his writing about American Indians as well as colonialism in Africa, Australia, and Europe. His first book, “An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873,” received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History, the Charles Redd Center Phi Alpha Theta Award for the Best Book on the American West, and the California Book Awards Gold Medal for Californiana, among others. It was also named a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, an Indian Country Today Hot List book, and a Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Title.

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2018 - Murder and Survival: The Remarkable Story of Indian Rebirth in the Wake of Genocide