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  • Series: American Heritage Library
  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (April 30, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395850118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395850114
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If anyone wants to learn anything about the Nez Perce, this is absolutely the right book.
Daniel Chadwick
It is the most detailed, most accurate, and yet the most readable of all of them.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ollokot on May 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
Growing up in Idaho, and in my youth occasionally hearing some of the stories of the tragic flight of the Nez Perce, led me to read several books on the subject. No other story in American history is as fascinating as this one. Many good books have been written about it (along with a few that are not so good), but this one is easily the best. It is the most detailed, most accurate, and yet the most readable of all of them. Be warned, however--it is long (700+ pages), and nearly three fourths of the book deals with events that occured prior to the well-known Nez Perce war of 1877. For a shorter read about just the war itself Beal's "I Will Fight No More, Forever" might be a better choice. But for a comprehensive history of the entire region and its people, this is the best.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael Knoll on November 29, 2005
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The appalling treatment of the Nez Perces is a sordid and shameful chapter in the modern history of the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Josephy carefully and meticulously describes the downfall of this peaceful and friendly people. His account begins slowly, but it accelerates with the momentum of a huge steam engine and thunders to a climax that left me in tears.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Guild Fish on August 24, 2007
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Really I would rate this book at 4 ½ stars if Amazon would let us. It is a good book, but, at least for me, it does not quite make it to 5. I felt a little too much time was spent on the history of the missionaries sent to the Nez Perce lands. I do realize though that this was an important event that caused a rift in the tribe, so it needed to be covered. When I was reading the bits about the lives of the missionaries, the book started to bog down. I was more interested in learning about the Nez Perce than the settlers. Other than that, I thought the book was good, and well written. I will definitely be reading more on the Nez Perce in the future!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Burchell on April 2, 2012
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Easily the single best work not only on the Nez Perce tribe but on Pacific Northwest and Inland Plateau history in general. Detailed, well-documented and interestingly narrated accounts of the Western fur trade, Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery, the Whitman and Spalding missions (not to mention Eels, Walkers, Jason Lee and many others), the Walla Walla Treaty, Catholic Missions, Kamiakin, Qualchan, Peo Peo Mox Mox, Isaace Stevens, Capt. John Mullen, Chief Joseph, Looking Glass and the entire expanse of Northwest history. Some very fine illustrations and photos included. This is the single indispensable work on the subject.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kurt R. Nelson on June 5, 2012
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The late Mr. Josephy's work is the definitive work on the Nez Perce. Far too often Nez Perce histories misconstrue Chief Joseph's role as a chief in order to emphasis the drama, which undermines the complexity of the Nez Perce interactions with the whites.

This book is a comprehensive telling of a great people's history. I recommend it to any historian or lover of history of the Pacific Northwest.
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