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.
©2016 Paul Andrew Hutton. Recorded by arrangement with Crown, an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
The author obviously did his homework. It is nice to find a book on Native History without an agenda. Simply factual and extremely detailed.
At times the book tends to lose it's way - spending too much time talking about the details when the bigger picture might be better understood by taking a step back from the plight of a westerner or Indian family...
Great book, well worth the time spent to listen. The character development was insightful and engaging. The author presented a well-balanced view of the motivations and miscommunications between the Whites and Indians.
A little dry but nonetheless informative and interesting narrative describing a tumultuous window of time in which striking characters of an ancient culture battled with Manifest Destiny.
This is without a doubt one of the best books I have listened to. The narration complimented the in depth research and story telling ability of the author.
The narrator is too emotive, and it's always an upbeat or cheery emotion, which just doesn't sound right when reading about women and children being slaughtered or captives being tortured. He sounds like Casey Kasem. I kept expecting to hear the American Top 40 jingle. I still want to learn more about the Apache Wars. My perusal of the reviews on Amazon makes me think that this is probably the most comprehensive and well-researched book on the wars, so I will probably buy the Kindle version at some point.
This is a great book and has a ton of historical data that is very informative, however there is enough color to keep you engaged and entertained. I would definitely recommend it to a friend that is interested in the plight of America's first people.
Great history well read... for the most part. But come on... you can pronounce all those Apache names but can't pronounce "February"? Really annoying that so many things happened in February.
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