As it is Native American Heritage Month it seemed like a good time to pick up this book by author Katz. Native American history really does not get the attention it should in the US and black Indians (as the title refers to) are a group I don't think I ever heard about until well into adulthood. At most I think my education was limited to how black Indians could claim membership in a nation and how that criteria can differ from group to group. In order to rectify this it seemed like this book would be a good reference to learn more.
The book looks at the history of black people in the US and how they intermingled with the indigenous peoples already here. From intermarriage to slave trade it was interesting to learn more about the general history and more about people who I had no idea could claim both heritages.
That said, a lot of the criticisms are right on target. The writing is really terrible. Written at a middle school/high school level at best the author is just not interesting. I became very uneasy when seeing several reviews point out the inaccuracies of the text (despite the high rating). Katz has a bibliography, but this was the type of book that might have been better suited to in-text citations (or at least foot/endnotes so I could check sources or at least see a citation).
So while there is value to the book I can't but feel I'm not really sure how much of an expert he is and am not sure what would be a good source to compliment this book. I bought it based on the high ratings but am not sure that was a good idea. Borrow instead.