"Hidden in archives for decades and now expertly brought to light by writer and editor McNamee, Burns’ memoir is a compelling account of Indian-white relations during the tumultuous pre-reservation years." —Booklist
"Orphan, captive, servant, scout, and witness to the contagion of violence that drove the westward expansion: Mike Burns saw it all. The Only One Living to Tell is a crucial piece of American history--a firsthand account of the heartbreaking Skeleton Cave Massacre and its catastrophic consequences, a debunking of the romance of the nineteenth-century 'Indian fighter,' and a closely observed ethnography compiled by a man who almost singlehandedly preserved his people's heritage for posterity." --Margot Mifflin, author of The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman
"What gives this memoir its peerless value is the potency and immediacy of the observations." —Kirkus Reviews
"This is a profound, important, and powerful book that will grab your heart and arouse your mind for years to come. Beautifully written, it should be read by anyone who cares about Native Americans or being human." --Jerry Ellis, author of Walking the Trail: One Man's Journey along the Cherokee Trail of Tears
About the Author
Gregory McNamee is a writer, editor, and photographer based in Tucson. He is the author of the modern classic Gila: The Life and Death of an American River and is the author or editor of more than thirty other books.