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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Westholme Publishing; 1 edition (23 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594160694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594160691
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 584,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* "Splendid... a book that has the rare quality of being both an excellent reference work and a pleasure to read." -The Wall Street Journal"

About the Author

Bill Yenne is the author of numerous books on American and Native American history.

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For anyone wanting to gain an understanding of the Amercian Indian Wars this book is essential. Like possibly most people my introduction to these conflicts has been from the many Hollywood movies - some good, some bad but generally very unrealistic. The author manages to give an incredibe amount of information without this ever becoming tedious or 'heavy going'. Also for a period linked to myths, legends and controversy, the author manages to be non-judgemental. As the author points out, the 'rights and wrongs' of particlaur events or decisions is for other books and would have been impossible to cover in a book which covers such a wide expanse of history.
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Good trye story book on Indian Wars, made a great read.
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A useful history in assessing the impact of white settlers and their treatment of the Native Americans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent history of the Indian Wars 5 Jun. 2016
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This is a very well researched and thorough history of the European immigrants' wars and alliances with the native people on our continent.
It focuses on strategy and tactics avoiding morality and cultural issues. It also doesn't align with the trend in recent years to see Indians in a purely idyllic manner, which is refreshing.
I was surprised at the frequent typos throughout the book. It seems like the editor used spellcheck and let too many errors pass.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A catalogue on Indian Wars: Some Oversights 25 Mar. 2006
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This book has a good grasp of all the Indian Wars in the west but I was a little disappointed in a number of areas. The book starts out with a quick review of the eastern conflicts and then gets into the west in about 30 pages. Although the author covers large battles to small skirmishes and does a decent job on commander bios, there are some notable events that are lacking considering the book covers engagements large and small. Missing is any reference to the annihilation of young Lt. Kidder's 10 man platoon during the 1867 Kansas campaign during his failed attempt to locate Custer and the seventh. There is a factual error regarding Major Elliot's missing platoon that was decimated at Washita. The bodies were found a week or more after the battle, they were not found during Custer's tactical retreat after the battle as stated by the author. In reference to the Little Big Horn, Reno led a panicked rout resulting in a loss of 1/3 of his command, not an organized fall back that the author implies. On the Apache front that is covered very well, missing in detail is the service of Lt. Charles Gatewood whose contacts with the Apache were immensely successful and legendary and unfortunately over shadowed by General Mile's ego, he is barely mentioned in the book and he does not even make the index. The book also lacks foot notes, which I think is critical in any serious history particularly if one wants to pursue more detail on a comment or determine where the evidence of a particular view came from. There is also too much minutia about every single Medal of Honor winner, particularly since they were given out gratuitously during that time period. The book is very ambitious, covers a lot of military confrontations, details linguistic differences between tribes and the author does a very good cover of the Apache wars and he discusses Wounded Knee pretty objectively. The book does have a fine good collection of photographs. However, the book is disjointed and without footnotes, Utley's book is superior.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 1st book 9 Dec. 2012
By Amy J. Hartley - Published on
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I bought this book as my first book of the Indian Wars so I could get an overview of the what happened from coast to coast. The book in a very readable and objective as it discusses the Wars and it also takes into account the political, technological and cultural situations that existed. At the end of this book you will be able to go to historical spots or hold a conversation with someone and know what questions to ask because you have enough background knowledge to understand the topic. You will also know what topic you want to explore next if you want to know more about this time frame.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid survey of the military history of the Indian Wars 23 July 2006
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Bill Yenne's "Indian Wars: The Campaign for the American West" is a solid historical survey of the military struggle for conquest of the American frontier. Although, as the book's subtitle suggests, the primary focus is on the West, the volume actually reaches all the way back to the Indian wars of Seventeenth century New England. While Yenne devots considerable space to the well-known wars against the Northern Plains Indians and the Apaches and the Nez Perce, he does not neglect the numerous forgotten conflicts with the natives of virtually every region. In its basic nature, "Indian Wars" is a fairly brief survey of events (Yenne generally tries to pin down casualty figures and what soldiers were awarded Medals of Honor for their actions, but for the most part details of the battles are passed over with little mention; for this reason, "Indian Wars" might be profitably read in parallel with Gregory Michno's "Encyclopedia of Indian Wars: Western Battles and Skirmishes, 1850-1890" that provides the missing combat details but lacks Yenne's background context).
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent History of the U.S. Indian Relocation Travesty 4 Nov. 2009
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This is a must read if you have an interest in the plight of the Indians in North America. It discusses the treaties made and treaties broken and the unjust treatment of the North American Indians. These noble people recognized that the U.S. policy was one of extinction in order to develop the Western frontier. Many of the tribes and battles I had never heard of before. A lot of research went into presenting this history of Native Americans. They certainly deserved more than what they received from a greedy and insensitive U.S. Government.
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