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"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

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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.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816501203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816501205
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,670,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With wisdom that perhaps can only be found in absolute guilelessness, Mike Burns presents a story so balanced, so nuanced that I was there with him. Without trying, and seemingly without even being aware, Mr. Burns reveals the conflict from many points of view and with details of the simplest activities, shows the enduring humanity we all share. Reading his account is an experience of immersion into deeper and more meaningful perceptions of Native American life, reactions to white invasion and the sad lives of those caught up in something so large, that once begun, could not be averted.
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The only reason I do not give this book 5 stars is the lack of quality maps.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gypsy on June 27, 2012
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This book was actually written many years ago when it all happened, It was never published because of prejudice towards the Native people. It was refreshing to read that many of the soldiers treated him with love and respect.
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