RaveForeword ReviewsTownsend’s excellent historical text covers the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs with important additional context. Anecdotes from translated works and introductions to crucial Indigenous characters result in a gripping, novelistic narrative that explains the situation before, during, and after the arrival of the conquistadors ... The book makes excellent use of its sources ... reads as a compelling drama ... its use of Mexica firsthand accounts and perspectives is a needed corrective. It helps fill in a story that’s been one-sided for far too long.
B. J. Hollars
RaveForeword Reviews... entertaining and informative ... Each of Hollars’s conversations is interesting, and most look for realistic answers to fantastical claims. The locations themselves are worth reading about, as is the way that minor notoriety becomes a source of local pride ... More about presenting tales than about providing answers, Midwestern Strange is an entertaining trip through local mysteries with a focus on those who experienced them.
RaveForeword Reviews\"... thoroughly researched and thoroughly engrossing ... [The book\'s] details flesh out the story while truly grounding City of Champions in its time and place. This is an excellent piece of sports writing, made even stronger by how it treats its characters.\