"Rarely has a book inspired legislation in the U.S. Congress, but that is exactly what happened with Jack Hamann's On American Soil. I had barely finished reading it before I instructed my staff to introduce legislation directing the Secretary of the Army to re-open the cases of the African American soldiers, find the truth, and correct any injustice found. This is an important book, and I hope many more people have the opportunity to read it."
-Congressman Jim McDermott
"This is an excellent book and it is highly recommended. It is meticulously researched, well presented, and beautifully written. And given the details and complexities of the events surrounding the riot and court martial, the story is easy to follow. Hamann provides short, but colorful narrative descriptions of many of the key protagonists. . . . Historians should take note."
"An interesting and revealing book."
-Blue Ridge Business Journal
"A welcome piece of military history, adroitly balancing racism and legal questions in one story."
"Jack Hamann has crafted an impressive debut book that is painstakingly researched and documented but also manages to be an enthralling read."
"This book reads like an outstanding piece of literary fiction, but it is investigative reporting of the highest order. Hamann uncovered a web of lies in a book that holds lessons for today on the tensions between national security and individual rights."
-Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.
"A surprisingly relevant work about prejudice, scapegoats, and cover-ups in a time of war."
"The storyline that Hamann uncovers is compelling enough. But it is the crime's historical context - wartime racial dynamics, colossal Army incompetence, international political implications, and the (humane) treatment of POWs, for example - that makes this book so relevant now."