Pekka Hamalainen seems a strange name for a person who writes books about American Indians. Yet, born and educated in Helsinki Finland and a professor at England’s Oxford, he is the reigning expert on US Comanche and Lakota history. His new book LAKOTA paints a picture of undefeated horseback warriors who gradually took over more and better country for their chosen lifestyle. He says tribes had been warring with one another over food, territories, and capturing each other as slaves long before Europeans arrived. Fighting seldom occurred between settlers and Indians but rather between the Spanish, French, British and eventually American traders. Competing for Indian trade, the Europeans tried to bribe their way into Indian alliances with guns and whiskey.