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Once They Moved Like The Wind 49


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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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David Roberts is the author of seven previous books, among them The Mountain of My Fear and Jean Stafford- A Biography. He has been a contributing editor at Men's Journal, Outside and American Photo Magazines, and he has also written for National Geographic, Smithsonian and The Atlantic, among other publications. He lives in Cambridge Massachusetts.


Roberts, whose previous books have focused on mountaineering and travel, tells the story of the Chiricahua Apache resistance to the encroachments of the whites in post-Civil War frontier America. Using contemporary letters and reminiscences, he relates the story from the Apache point of view, focusing on the leadership of Cochise and Geronimo. Rather than emphasizing troop deployments and Apache raids, Roberts explains why the principals on both sides acted as they did and shows how misunderstandings led to tragedy and warfare. He has mined the available sources and woven them neatly into his well-written tapestry. Best suited for lay readers and undergraduates, this worthy reexamination of the topic is recommended for all libraries.-- Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette

During the westward settlement, for more than 20 years Apache tribes eluded both U.S. and Mexican armies, and by 1886 an estimated 9000 armed men were in pursuit. Roberts ( Deborah: A Wilderness Narrative ) presents a moving account of the end of the Indian Wars in the Southwest. He portrays the great Apache leaders--Cochise, Nana, Juh, Geronimo, the woman warrior Lozen--and U.S. generals George Crock and Nelson Miles. Drawing on contemporary American and Mexican sources, he weaves a somber story of treachery and misunderstanding. After Geronimo's surrender in 1886, the Apaches were sent to Florida, then to Alabama where many succumbed to malaria, tuberculosis and malnutrition and finally in 1894 to Oklahoma, remaining prisoners of war until 1913. The book is history at its most engrossing. Photos not seen by PW . (July)

"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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