Osceola usually dominates juvenile fiction and non-fiction set during the Seminole Wars. This author, however, has given him his just due while presenting a total survey of the conflict, ""...the only war the U.S. didn't win."" Many tribes make up the Seminole nation and there were many potential heroes. (Wild Cat, who fought like his name and held out the longest, is a good example.) The fact that this was a war in which the Indians cooperated with Negroes should be of particular interest. The slave uprisings, and the fear of them, is not a subject often encountered in books at either the adult or juvenile level. The writing is straightforward reporting of the chronology of events and a critical evaluation of the conditions of the time. There is no tiptoeing around the issue that the early nineteenth century U.S. government spent its money and lent its strength to an unabashed land grab in fighting the Seminole.