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The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History Paperback – May 2, 2017
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“A fast-paced, well-written page-turner. Hutton gives an excellent account of individuals, both Native American and White, who contested for control of the Southwest in the 19th Century.” —R. David Edmunds, Watson Professor of American History, University of Texas at Dallas
“Hutton captures the intensity and drama of the history of both sides in this vibrant segment of western history.” —Robert M. Utley, author of Geronimo and The Lance and the Shield
“After reading this masterfully researched and written book I thanked my lucky stars for Paul Hutton. It took an author and historian of his caliber to at long last deliver the definitive explanation of the longest war in the nation's history. The wait was worth it. By using the legendary Apache scout and manhunter Mickey Free as a vehicle to tell the story, Hutton cuts through layers of myth exposing one of the most exciting and pivotal episodes in the annals of the American West.” —Michael Wallis, author of The Wild West: 365 Days
"Humane, insightful, and vivid, The Apache Wars immerses readers in the rugged landscape of Apacheria, the meeting ground and battlefield of nations. In telling the gripping story of the Apaches' long fight against Mexico and the United States, Hutton proves once again why he is a great writer as well as a great historian." —T.J. Stiles, Pulitzer-prize winning author of Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America
“[A] sprawling, fascinating tale of conflict in the late 19th-century American southwest...Hutton moves beyond standard descriptions of battles between Apache warriors and American troops (though there are plenty of those) to paint a larger, more detailed picture of Southwestern life... Hutton provides an unexpected twist that keeps the story fresh until the end.” —Publishers Weekly
"“His prose is equal to the vastness of his landscape and the clash of so many era-defining personalities...Mr. Hutton is also terrier-like in his persistence in tracking and deconstructing every significant skirmish in the conflict, and there are plenty of them. In terms of colorful characters, there is an embarrassment of riches...Where The Apache Wars really shines is in the richness of its details, well researched and deeply understood.”—Wall Street Journal
"The accounts of armed conflict are stirringly told and often read like a Western thriller… [T]horoughly researched.”—Kirkus Reviews
"An outstanding, comprehensive overview of the Apache Wars of Arizona and New Mexico...This recounting of the Southwestern battles for Apacheria will be valued by general readers and researchers alike for its colorful personalities and strong representation of the cultural context of historical events.”—Library Journal
"“[A] major work of history on a much-neglected subject... The Apache Wars is an epic tale filled with Homeric scenes and unforgettable characters. It's a quintessential American story that too few Americans know.”—Chicago Tribune
""A comprehensive narrative, as encompassing as the American West itself."—Denver Post
"Sharply and unflinchingly explores the many years of bloody, thunderous conflicts between soldiers based in camps and forts and elusive Apaches in New Mexico and Arizona.”—Albuquerque Journal
About the Author
- Publisher : Crown; Reprint edition (May 2, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0770435831
- ISBN-13 : 978-0770435837
- Item Weight : 14 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 1.1 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #79,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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The spellbind account also pulls the reader into the vastness that is the area where the many, many events took place. His descriptions of the areas are incredible accurate, as there is little of the mountains and deserts discussed that I have not walked, ridden or driven through in my 70 + years as a resident of this enchanting part of the World. And too, many of the tails I heard as a child from people who were there or had friends or family involved closely coincide with a number of his detailed accounts.
This is an excellent read from the hand of a dedicated researcher who's love of the subject shines through.
For readers who believe the politically correct history of Native Americans being tree hugging pacifists, this book is not for you. Except for the Comanche, the Apache were the most warlike and violent tribe. Anyone captured alive was tortured to death, often by being burned alive tied to a wagon. The Apache fought the Spanish in the 18th century, and then the Mexicans and Americans. After Mexico was defeated in the war with the United States in the 1840s, the U.S. gained control of Apache land. Fighting broke out in the early 1850s, and in some cases the Apache are not to blame, as some peaceful ones were killed or injured by Americans. However, for the most part the Apache didn't care if you were innocent or guilty, any white person living on their land during war was fair game. The wars lasted until 1886 with the surrender of Geronimo. The book is hard to put down, and one that should be high on the reading list of someone who wants to learn more about this savage Indians of the Southwest Desert.