First Encounters compiles a wealth of writings that describe, from Indigenous perspectives, five centuries of European encroachments into indigenous worlds. Editor Leavitt, a retired professor of education and international development official, provides 42 accounts that both chronicle initial impressions of Europeans' beliefs, strategies, and technologies, and describe the destabilizing effects on traditional cultures. Accounts range from the 16th century through the 1980s, arranged in five groupings: Africa; North America, including Mexico; South America (Peru); Greater Australia (Papua New Guinea); and Asia. The sections vary widely in length and strength. Although the writings are described as "authentic, first-person" accounts, this notion is interpreted broadly. Some are interviews, transcribed and translated by Europeans of varying degrees of sympathy, or fictionalizations such as Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart (1958), along with autobiographical narratives and critiques inevitably expressing the complicated reactions wrought by exposure to Western schooling. Although all of the accounts have been previously published, some are buried in earlier volumes or are otherwise difficult to obtain. Leavitt has provided a valuable service by bringing them together in a single, well-organized anthology. The volume also includes time lines and an annotated bibliography. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers. General Readers; Lower-division Undergraduates; Upper-division Undergraduates; Graduate Students; Researchers/Faculty. Reviewed by A. B. Curry.