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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico; First Edition Thus edition (23 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712666281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712666282
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A distinguished, responsible, and, almost inevitably, exciting retelling of a sordid tale" (New Yorker)

"Roberts has fashioned a clear and engaging narrative of Apache survival... Well-researched, well-written... Compelling reading" (Paula Mitchell Marks Washington Post Book World)

"Roberts has achieved near perfect focus upon a people and their times... [A] brilliant, poignant history" (Jeff Long Chicago Tribune)

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'Robert dips into a century or so of myth and misinformation, and comes up with a lucid and plainspoken history of what was intended by both sides to be a war of extermination. ' Los Angeles Times

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan 1998
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This is by far and away one of the best books I have ever read about the history of native Americans. Roberts clearly portrays the full complexity of the individual characters involved, it seems, both honestly, and with great respect for the Native American values, traditions and lifestyle he describes. While clearly aware of the horrific sacrifice that was exacted from the Apache, Roberts consistently refuses to idealize these victims of European westward expansion, prefering instead to show them as the remarkable and complex individuals they were. He spares no punches in describing the violence and cruelty that existed on both sides of the equation -- European and Native American -- yet he does so without letting White Americans off the hook. What emerges is a text, rich in historical detail, that neither idealizes nor denigrates the Native Americans it depicts. Instead, Cochise, Geronimo, and their ilk are seen each as individuals grappling each in their respective ways -- sometimes wisely profound, sometimes petty and mean -- to maintain a remarkable and admirable lifestyle that was sadly and cruelly destroyed. A highly recommended read for anyone interested in a richly detailed, apparently accurate, and remarkably individualized account of this time in American History.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Dec 1998
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A wonderful book. Constructs the tragic history of the Apache Wars from both sides. Includes lots of stories and anecdotes that make the book even more intersting. Helps explain who the Apache were, their lifestyle and personalities, and what motivated them. Also, the injustices, betrayal and misunderstandings on both sides that lead to the Apaches being hunted down. Gripping story of how it was accomplshed and the leaders on both sides. I could not recommend this book more highly. David Goodrow
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By grberry@dialstart.net on 28 Feb 2002
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this is one of the most interesting books i have had the pleasure to read , one you cannot put down .A must for any person interested in this particular part of American history.
In short BRILLIANT
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Odysseas on 29 Aug 2010
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Along with other reviewers, I found this account to be an outstanding study of the last years of Apache resistance to the Europeans moving into or already occupying northern Mexico, Arizona and New Mexico. It deals with the period from Cochise's fight against white Americans and Mexicans starting in 1861 to the final surrender of Geronimo and his last group of fugitives in 1886, although key events prior to 1861 are also covered. The epilogue details their subsequent fates as they are removed from Arizona, firstly to Florida, then Alabama and ultimately to Oklahoma (although many decades later, some survivors and their descendents are at last allowed to return to Arizona).

No punches are pulled regarding the brutality and duplicity of people on both sides of the war, and the author does a fine job of trying to identify the source of so much cruelty and bloodshed. It is a harrowing book, but it also leaves one with a strong sense of admiration for so many of the individuals unfortunate enough to be involved in the war. It also includes a number of very interesting photographs of the main protagonists, most of which I had never seen before.

For anybody not familiar with how the Apache wars fit into the overall scheme of the conflict between Europeans and Native Americans, I would strongly suggest reading Dee Brown's seminal Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee to gain an overview, and then Once They Moved Like the Wind, which provides a genuinely in-depth look at the Apache tragedy, including fascinating studies of most of the personalities involved. I recommend this book whole-heartedly.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Le Voguer on 9 Mar 2009
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Since I was a child I have always had sympathy with the Native Americans for the terrible way they were treated. Whilst I enjoy reading these books I also get very angry at the injustice. I loved Apache Wars, it told it like it was, the Apache nation were warriors and defended their land with all their force. The author has been thorough in his research, using Apache stories as well as documented ones from 'white man's' history. This book absorbs you into the very war itself, its description of the countryside, the way of life, the mindset of the some of the greatest leaders of all time. Just wish it had a happier ending for the Apache.
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By Allan Simpson on 18 Jun 2014
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not read this yet but looking forward to read this has I am very interested in these people
but is a good value book
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absolutely riveting book look forward to a few more like this one great service as well spot on ,well done
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By Jimser10 on 24 Sep 2013
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Since I was a boy I read all about the Apache tribes and their leaders such as Geronimo, Cochise and Victorio. Their names were as familiar to me as those of our own heroes. This books complements all that I knew from early days. It's a good read and tells a great story. It's one of those books I'd pick up again and enjoy a second or third reading
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