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on April 24, 2005
Books commonly do not live up to the hype they receive, so when I read comments about this one being, "the only definitive book on this notable Indian" and others to that effect, I was initially skeptical. Then I read the book and found myself agreeing with the praise heaped on it, for Debo did indeed write a balanced and readable account of both Geronimo and the Apache, not to mention various parties from the U.S.A. who dealt with them (such as those in the Department of the Interior or army figures such as General Crook or Britton Davis), all based on years of careful research, personal interviews and extensive correspondance. The result is a book that gives a little of everything pertaining to Apache life in general and Geronimo and his contemporaries in particular. She writes with interest about past Apache history, Apache customs (such as the Dance of the Mountain Spirits), geographical distribution of various factions within the tribe, and the lives of those associated with Geronimo such as Cochise, Mangas Coloradas, Victorio, his wives, his sisters, Naiche, Nana, or Loco, to name but a few. Moreover, she writes of the division of opinion and lifestyle within the Apache themselves with respect to living on reservations and raiding. The raiding and killing done by Geronimo and other Apache hostiles, coupled with the duplicity and injustice of the U.S. government, ultimately brought disaster on many of the peaceful, productive Apache. The years of imprisonment and exile following Geronimo's capture show the great forbearance of the Apache, along with the difficulties faced by all parties in trying to preserve the Apache way of life while at the same time trying to become incorporated into mainstream American society.

Geronimo himself is treated fairly and shown in all his complexities. The reader is neither given the hero worship type biography nor the spiteful villain approach, but rather a temperate account of a strong, courageous, independent, yet flawed human who both fought for his people and yet brought disaster to them as well. As such, the man's humanity is revealed: his kindness to children and relatives, his good work ethic (even in old age), his fidelity to justice as he saw it, his courage in battle, his deeply religious nature, and willingness to endure hardship are just as evident as are his hatred towards Mexicans, weakness for alcohol, and willingness to murder and steal. Photographs are liberally sprinkled throughout the text, providing excellent visual aids.

I found Debo's writing to be neither overly sentimental nor dry as dust. She obviously took great interest in her subject and from time to time placed personal comments in the text or footnotes which give the reader the feeling that they are receiving a STORY and not merely a dry academic treatise. This is definitely a five-star book and I read it with great interest.
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HALL OF FAMEon September 23, 2001
This biography truly reveals the man behind the myth. Geronimo has had a reputation as either a bloodthirsty, pitiless scalp hunter (the conservative view), or as a divinely-guided leader trying desperately to save his people from destruction (the romantic view). Both of these are partially correct, but neither gives any indication of Geronimo as a human being, and that's what Debo does ably in this book. Debo compiles all the information available to give an impressively detailed portrait of the man's life, and uncovers many aspects of his personality, both good and bad. So we get the predicted praise for his bravery and honesty; but the author is not afraid to criticize his ill temper, vindictiveness, and lack of eloquence.
While the focus remains on Geronimo himself, this book also serves as an informative history of the final days of Apache independence. Many interesting characters are covered in a good amount of detail when Geronimo is absent from the narrative, like Victorio, Loco, Chihuahua, Kaywaykla, Naiche (my personal favorite) and even the white generals Crook and Howard. There is ample coverage of the tribe's post-glory days when they were imprisoned on various disagreeable reservations, and the depressing consequences of the loss of their culture and the deaths of many tribe members from disease. The only flaws in this book are Debo's criticism of previous information sources as inaccurate (they were, but the author's criticism is often arrogant), and a rather sappy, overly sentimental writing style.
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on March 13, 2014
Geronimo is the legend brought to life by Angie Debo's writings. Though the story does seem to bog down a bit in the middle it is still a well-told yarn about the man who is still both demonized and mythologized even to this day. Well worth the read.
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on April 13, 2014
Having read the old but edited version of Geronimo's autobiography, I was led in its footnotes to this book among others. This one gives a lot of alternative points of view about the man, enabling the reader to make up his/her own mind about this larger-than-life historical figure. Good reading.
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on March 3, 2013
Full of history of the native American Apache Indian. Loaded with facts and reads like a good novel. If you love true American History of the South West, this is an excellant one to start with. Buy it, you won't be sorry.
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on June 30, 2013
A view into a life known to all who have ever heard of New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, etc. An easy read describing the man and his life, family and people. Recommend to anyone interested in Southwestern history.
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on November 3, 2013
In the history of the Apache, Angie Debo is consistently being referred to as the "authority". Together with the works of Dan Thrapp on the Apache culture, one gets a great handle on the real Apache of the Southwest. Few like Debo and Thrapp, have given me more on the true life of the Apache of Arizona and New Mexico. Both are wonderful authors in their own rights.
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on October 12, 2008
Myth, mystery, and truth all become blurred when White-Eyes speak of Geronimo. Regardless, Angie Debo de-mystifies the man with as much objective documentation as is available for this man. And in a writing style that is both objective and humane, Debo offers Geronimo in a light which shines truthful.

Since no one is around to verify an event that was horrifically biased against this medicine man who simply wanted to be allowed to be APACHE, we can only read what is available and decide for ourselves. I have decided that this is simply one of the most well-rounded, unbiased accounts of an extremely powerful human being, unwavering in his desire to be who he was born to be: APACHE.

While reading this great historical document, it's hard not to admire and respect Geronimo and develop a genuine disdain for the injustice heaped upon all Native People's by White-Eyes narrow view of their world.
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on November 28, 1997
Ms. Debo has presented a complete analysis of the man Geronimo, from both sides of the Apache conflict. She deals with the prejedice of the day as well as the myths and legends of the time. I was well informed by her conclusions and believe the concepts she presented were both truthful and informative.
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Wonderful book on Geronimo with great photos of both Geronimo & Cochise. Well written book and our vacation guests loves this book.
Thank you for fast shipping too.
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