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Red, White & Army Blue, by Peter Decker

Posted on September 12, 2014 | in NEW BOOKS | by

Power and Justice collide in a riveting post-civil war drama.
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It’s 1881 and a US Army unit led by Colonel Joseph Kindred, the military’s most famous Indian fighter, has been charged with forcibly moving a Colorado Ute tribe to a reservation in Utah as retribution for the massacre of an Indian agent the previous year. When, in a fit of rage, Colonel Kindred murders a beloved Ute sub-chief, an investigation follows, and Kindred, a decorated Civil War veteran, faces the possibility of a court-martial and the end of his military career. Eventually, the trial is ordered, and a young former corporal, Hiram Marlow, is called on to testify against his former superior—a task that forces him to recall events he’d rather forget and casts a shadow over his own future.  A sweeping story that examines the realities of racism, duty versus honor, and the nature of revenge, Red, White & Army Blue exposes the dark side of Manifest Destiny and the American Dream.

Peter Decker received a PhD in American history from Columbia University, and taught at both Columbia and Duke University. After relocating to Colorado, he served as Commissioner of Higher Education, Commissioner of Agriculture, and a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Denver. In addition to nonfiction publications about the history of the West, including the award-winning book, Old Fences, New Neighbors, Decker self-published Saving the West, a satirical novel. Decker makes his home on a ranch in Colorado. Learn more at his website: http://www.westernslopepress.com.

“[A] moving morality tale of post–Civil War army life, revenge, and redemption.”

—Kent Nelson, author of Land That Moves, Land That Stands Still

“Hold on to your hat as Hiram Marlow and a cast of memorable characters take you for an unforgettable ride . . .”

—Steve Horn, author of The Pumpkin Eater and Another Man’s Life

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