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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Gold Medal 155; First Edition edition (January 1, 1951)
  • ASIN: B004BI4TNG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,070,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philip S. Griffey on October 17, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Being of a certain age, I have a fond nostalgia for the John Ford westerns of my youth. The cavalry trilogy (Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and Rio Grande) were based on stories by James Warner Bellah. Most of them appeared in abridged versions in The Saturday Evening Post magazine, as well as mass market paperback editions costing about 25 cents.

They are written in a style which is difficult to describe. The author intersperses descriptions and dialog which show a considerable knowledge of the Indian wars in the west, and of the Civil War, with purple prose, implausible events, and unbelievable characters and motivations. The characters - Owen Thursday, Nathan Brittles, Flint Cohill, Lt. Pennell are all there, not lacking Ford's (or Bellah's) peculiar mixture of sentimentality and verisimilitude, but not drawn in sufficient detail to make them seem other than dime novel characters. The native Americans are also described with an awkward combination of nobility, savagery, superstition, ignorance, and fierce cunning in a very stereotyped manner, which, upon consideration, was probably the way they were seen by the pioneer interlopers and their cavalry protectors.
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