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The Truth About Geronimo
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2007
Britton Davis's reason for writing this book in the 1920's was to set straight some outlandish tales that were being published about who "captured" Geronimo, and some even more fictitious writings on the "Indian Wars."

This is an excellent book, as an adventure tale, as a look at the 'civilized' persons' outlook toward "the Indians" of the day, as a look at the horrific way our government tried to solve the 'indian problem' with a one-size-fits-all method (sound familiar?), and a look at Apaches as individuals rather than all-bad or all-good.

For a tremendous balance of outlooks, read this book along with Eve Ball's "Indeh".
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2008
For any one interested in the real facts of the Apache campains this is for you. It may take a little patience to get through the early reading, Davis is very detailed in names and dates but he has real first hand accounts of things that acctually occured. This is a man I think saw and admired the native people and did his duty in a fair and just manner. Davis is an admiral person and does a great justice to the Indian and the attrocities they endured but at the same time points out that just like in every culture a few bad apples can spoil the lot. He also points out that the government did far more decieving to the Indian they ever did to the government. I always respected the Native Americans and even more so after this book.
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55 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2000
In 99.9% of all books written by whitemen about American Indians it is hard to find even a grain of truth or fact. This book is the exception that proves the rule!
While nothing is glossed over, the author does not attempt to sway the reader with sensationalism. He tells about his experiences and gives the good with the bad. He exhibits an almost unheard of ability to set aside any preconceived notions and actually see clearly both sides of the conflict AND views the American Indian as a human being, not some sort of subspecies.
An exceptional view of reality that should be required reading in all American history classes from junior high/middle school through the college level.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2008
This book is one of the true historically significant accounts of events that have been forever shrouded in lies and fiction. If you are interested in historically accurate accounts of the late Apache wars, this is one of the must-read books. Davis just wanted the truth told, so he did it himself after watching glory-seeking sycophants take credit for, and be lauded for the heroic actions of others. Davis's views on his enemy Apaches, as well as the Apache scouts, show the wisdom and respect only a true and sage adversary can attest to. You won't be sorry you bought this book. Another must read is "On The Border With Crook" by John G. Bourke.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2008
Instead of depending on the foolish politically correct hollywood movies to learn history about this country and the people involved, read about history from those closest to the actual events. This book appears to be generally unbiased and fair about the events surrounding the Apachie and Geronimo. Of course there is always some bias because people are influenced by their own perspectives and feelings, but on the whole it was a pretty good book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2013
Written by the men who lived and worked with Geronimo. Not the revisionist history that plagues our overly politicized academia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2014
Geronimo dictated the story of his life in his own words through his interpreter many years ago. In reading the edited version of that autobiography, I found references to this book and several others which the editor believed would add clarity. I was eager to see how others perceived this man. As a dyed-in-the-wool skeptic, I rarely accept opinions offered as absolute truth...and I didn't with this one either. However, Britton Davis was of special interest in that he dealt face-to-face with Geronimo. While Davis is sympathetic to the Apache, I was surprised to find that his opinion of Geronimo as an individual was completely and vehemently negative. While I do not concur with his opinion, I did find that this book valuable as it reveals some information not included in the narratives of others. It's worth the reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2014
britton davis was present when Geronimo jumped the reservation for the last time. he offers valuable insight into this
crucial event. also liked his comments on military politics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2014
What a great companion pience to the movie "Geronimo" with Matt Damon as Britton Davis. Be sure to get Gatewood's book, too.
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on March 20, 2015
Britton Davis humorous and detailed telling of his time with the Apaches is riveting. The plight of the Apache is described with clarity and feeling. It's hard to rationalize Washington's treatment of a great nation although Britton didn't editorialize it, just reported it.
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