"Whether as guide, officer, interpreter, or negotiator with the Indians, Nathan proved invaluable to the government in promoting peaceful relations with several Indian tribes. . . . A compelling narrative that gives the reader a taste of life on the frontier in the early 19th century."—Library Journal
"This is an important book. It certainly will be useful to scholars and students of Missouri and southern history. It should be in every major library."—Journal of Southern History
"Nathan Boone and the American Frontier is an important contribution to the literature of Missouri history and, in a broader sense, to that of the American frontier and the kind of men who made its development possible."
—Missouri Historical Review
"Nathan Boone contributed far more to state and national history than his more famous father ever did. He was highly respected in his time as wilderness guide, soldier, surveyor, land holder and businessman; he was among delegates to Missouri's first constitutional convention. His outstanding skill at communicating effectively with Indians was frequently used by government and the military. R. Douglas Hurt's book shows all this, and a few other things that change our perspective somewhat on a fabled family and an era we tend to romanticize."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch