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Preface Maps 1. Tears, Throat, Heart 2. Spectres and Apparitions 3. Amphibians 4. 'Most Onruly and Streperous' 5. An Outlandish Man 6. How the White Man Came to America 7. The Holy Well 8. Raw Head and Bloody Bones 9. The Power of Absence 10. Force, Motion and Equilibrium 11. The Late Emperor of Morocco 12. Master of Ceremonies 13. An Upstart of Yesterday 14. The Precarious Salvo of Applause 15. Unspeakable Perplexity 16. The Largest Pipe in America 17. Miss Molly 18. Rowing Against the Current 19. Sir William and His Myrmidons 20. Niagara Falls 21. Barbarians 22. Seeds Worth Sowing 23. 'Intoxicated with Providential Success' 24. A Stop to Their Very Being 25. What the Great Turtle Said 26. Many Civil Things 27. An Imaginary Line 28. The Patriarch 29. Negroes' Handcuffs 30. Irish Dreamtime 31. A Death Foretold 32. The End of the World 33. The Afterlife Acknowledgements Notes Index

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Fintan O'Toole, columnist and drama critic for the Irish Times, is the author of many other books, including A Traitor's Kiss: The Life of Richard Brinsley Sheridan. His work frequently appears in American magazines. He lives in Dublin.

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At the center of drama critic O'Toole's new book is an Irishman who migrated to New York in the 1730s. William Johnson began to trade with nearby Indians and quickly became knowledgeable about and beloved by the Mohawks, who adopted him as a sachem. Johnson, who became a key figure in the coexistence between Mohawks and Europeans, emerges as charismatic, a tad vain and very libidinous. He took a paramour, a German servant girl named Catharine Weisenberg, with whom he had children and whom he may or may not have married. Before Catharine's death, Johnson took Mohawk lovers and fathered Mohawk children; after her death, he married an Indian woman, Molly Brant. O'Toole reads Johnson's 1774 death as a turning point in Anglo-Indian relations; within three years, the Mohawks were siding with Brits in the American Revolution. Johnson, O'Toole argues, embodied the colonists' fantasies about the Indians-i.e., that their barbarity could be civilized and diluted by contact with enlightened colonists. O'Toole (A Traitor's Kiss) brings together great man history and real analytical rigor; this book should be a winner with academics and history hobbyists alike. 8 pages of b&w photos, 2 maps, not seen by PW. Agent, Derek Johns of A.P. Watt. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

In a masterly biography that reads like a novel, Irish literary and social critic O'Toole recounts the remarkable story-as exciting and suspenseful as it is historically significant-of America's first prominent political mediator and diplomat. After immigrating to New York in 1738, William Johnson rose to prominence as a landowner and a trader with neighboring Iroquois Indians, who embraced him as a friend and confidant. Hired as British Superintendent of Indian Affairs, he struggled throughout his life to promote peaceful relations between the British settlers and the American Indians. He was eventually named major general in the British army and, after recruiting Iroquois soldiers, achieved remarkable military success in the French and Indian War. But this is more than just an account of Johnson's copious political and military achievements; it also delves into the fascinating and surprising private life of a courageous, ambitious, intelligent, and compassionate public servant. This is a well-rounded and densely detailed biography worth reading and studying. Recommended for academic libraries.-Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"The narrative moves with the spirited pace that such a storied life deserves, but does not fall prey to the legend making found in other Johnson biographies. Because he has not attempted an exhaustive biography, O'Toole avoids exhausting the reader. He presents his tale in short, impressionistic chapters that move between Johnson's private and public lives." - H-Net Review (H-AmIndian) "...O'Toole's prose pulls the reader along the journey of Johnson's life." - History "O'Toole brings together great man history and real analytical rigor; this book should be a winner with academics and history hobbyists alike." - Publishers Weekly "A fascinating account." - Bookli "A biography that will enlighten specialists, especially those curious about the Irish roots of Johnson's comfort with split allegiances." - New York Times

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