"A vivid and highly readable history that teases out the most likely scenarios regarding early Norse exploration of North America. Weaving in other origin stories of European culture in the Americas, including legendary Irish expeditions, the first English colonies, and Christopher Columbus's voyages, Whittock presents astute observations about what each creation story has meant at different times in the history of the United States. Popular-history readers will be enthralled. Popular-history readers will be enthralled."
— Shelf Awareness
"Thoroughly researched, carefully presented, and written with a wry humor. American Vikings
is a deeply researched and engrossing book that fully explores the multiple dimensions of the Viking story in the Northern Hemisphere. Any reader who wants to know more about their legacy will find Whittock’s book full of anecdotes and insights.”
— Christian Science Monitor
"While this is not the only book to detail Norse exploration of the Americas, it offers more information and research than similar titles. Moreover, it offers a very good look at how Viking nostalgia continues to be very popular in America right up to the present day, giving it a fresh and timely feel. It will appeal to those interested in either the Norse themselves or medievalism.”
"This deep-focus bibliography offers a wealth of additional reading that expands on this endlessly intriguing subject."
— Post and Courier
"American Vikings is always entertaining. American readers might be surprised to learn how Viking they’ve always been."
— Open Letters Review
"Whittock takes the reader on this 1,000-year journey in an entertaining and informative fashion, leveraging his extensive background in history to seamlessly incorporate details about the flora of specific American states or the evolution of Marvel comics."
— The Viking Herald
is a compelling exploration of the Viking presence in North America. Through meticulous research the author challenges popular misconceptions and sheds light on the cultural exchanges between Vikings and indigenous peoples. Its wealth of information and accessible writing style make it a valuable resource for Viking enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Whether you are a seasoned scholar or a curious reader, American Vikings offers an engaging and informative journey into the world of the Vikings in North America."
— Medieval Archives
"Whittock’s accessible and engaging examination of the United States’ fascination with Vikings approaches the subject from both historical and cultural perspectives. A fascinating, eminently readable exploration of Viking presence, both real and imaginary, in the United States."
— Library Journal
"Its comprehensive and engaging style, encompassing everything from medieval Norse sagas to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will be appealing to both high school and college students, as well as the general reader."
— World History Encyclopedia
"A lucid survey of Viking lore, archaeological finds, and modern interpretations. The book is authoritative in its details and engagingly written. A solid examination of how the Viking story continues to be told, embellished, and contested."
— Kirkus Reviews