Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Book Review: The Apache Wars

The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History

This book is a complete history of this brutally savage time in our history. This book was powerfully moving. As someone who loves history and research. This book is one of my favorites. As someone that is fascinated with American history, this book packs a punch! This book was widely researched which is something I always look for in a history book. 

As I read this book, I was broken hearted by the sadness of the Apache Wars. The book begins with  the story of a young boy named Felix, he is kidnapped by a group of Apache natives. This event would change the world for the Apache people. This would ultimately lead to the longest war in American history. 

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Geronimo and Chief Naiche were prisoners at Fort Bowie in Arizona before beginning the journey to Florida.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest and completely unbiased review. 

Goodreads Description:

In the tradition of Empire of the Summer Moon, a stunningly vivid historical account of the manhunt for Geronimo and the 25-year Apache struggle for their homeland
They called him Mickey Free. His kidnapping started the longest war in American history, and both sides--the Apaches and the white invaders—blamed him for it. A mixed-blood warrior who moved uneasily between the worlds of the Apaches and the American soldiers, he was never trusted by either but desperately needed by both. He was the only man Geronimo ever feared. He played a pivotal role in this long war for the desert Southwest from its beginning in 1861 until its end in 1890 with his pursuit of the renegade scout, Apache Kid.
In this sprawling, monumental work, Paul Hutton unfolds over two decades of the last war for the West through the eyes of the men and women who lived it. This is Mickey Free's story, but also the story of his contemporaries: the great Apache leaders Mangas Coloradas, Cochise, and Victorio; the soldiers Kit Carson, O. O. Howard, George Crook, and Nelson Miles; the scouts and frontiersmen Al Sieber, Tom Horn, Tom Jeffords, and Texas John Slaughter; the great White Mountain scout Alchesay and the Apache female warrior Lozen; the fierce Apache warrior Geronimo; and the Apache Kid. These lives shaped the violent history of the deserts and mountains of the Southwestern borderlands--a bleak and unforgiving world where a people would make a final, bloody stand against an American war machine bent on their destruction.

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