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John Gregory Bourke served General George Crook for 15 years and was his right-hand man. This work is an account of his time with the legendary US Army officer in the post-Civil War West. On the Border with Crook is a written recollection of Crook’s campaigns during the American Indian Wars. Bourke makes the American frontier come alive with his description. He also included descriptions not only of Crook and his fellow cavalrymen, but also of legendary Native American leaders. Bourke argues that Crook etched his name into the annals of American history.

On the Border with Crook has been regarded as one of the best firsthand accounts of frontier army life. The author writes about the landscape of the Southwest with incredible imagery and accuracy, his impressions of the Arizona Territory, the hardships of frontier service, and honest accounts of combat. What is most impressive about Bourke’s work is the equal attention he gives to both soldier and Native American alike, making On the Border with Crook the essential audiobook for students of history interested in the American frontier.

Public Domain (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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A Great Work of History, Observation and Scholarship

I’ve read this book a number of times prior to listening. I considered it one of those unknown gems that escaped a wider audience. It was a delight to see that someone else agreed and recorded it. Bourne was classically educated as one can tell in his writings. He also possessed great powers of observation and feeling, noting nuance and describing feelings evoked in him when pondering nature and man. He was also far ahead of his time in noting the terrible treatment of Native Americans. He was overwhelmingly loyal to his friends. We are fortunate to have such an articulate writer who lived at a pivotal time in the developing West. His personal friendships with the great personages and choice to copiously record things make him a treasure for me.

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Fantastic Review of the Late Indian Wars

Written in 1891 , this is a valuable primary source review of the late Indian Wars of the Western US. Bourke gives an intimate view of the these events, primarily focusing on the Apache Wars, it does have an interesting amount on the later Sioux Wars too. one must swallow the inherit racist attitudes of the time, but much can be gleaned from this account. it provides the best description of Southern Arizona from that period that I have come across... I highly recommend to any student of American History..

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Insightful

Very detailed and interesting account of life on the frontier not only from the author’s perspective but also that of the natives.