A number of histories have questioned whether Andrew Jackson, more than any other of his day, personally ""detested all Indians and blacks."" In any case Syme doesn't search deeply into the motives behind the hounding and extermination of the Seminoles. And some intriguing questions about Osceola himself go unexplained: for example, did he forget the English he spoke as a child, or simply refuse to use it? and what are the sources of the statements attributed to him here? Nevertheless, this is an energetic, fairly straightforward reconstruction of what is known about the man--who was born in Georgia as Billy Powell or Asi-Yahola, and escaped the massacre of his mother's people, the White Stick Creeks, to lead the resistance of his adopted tribe. A useful enough addition, poured in the familiar Syme mold.