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The Apache Wars

The History and Legacy of the U.S. Army's Campaigns Against the Apaches
Narrated by: Geremy "Wolf" DuBois
Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
Categories: History, American
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"Even if we should be able to dislodge them from the rough mountain ridges and impenetrable woods which cover the immense territories of these frontiers, they would seek better asylum in the vastness of the Sierra Madre.... [They] know how to surprise and destroy our troops in the mountains and on the plains. They are not ignorant of the use and power of our arms; they manage their own with dexterity; and they are as good or better horsemen than the Spaniards, and having no towns, castles, or temples to defend they may only be attacked in their dispersed and movable rancherias." (Bernardo de Galvez, Instructions for Governing the Interior Provinces of New Spain, 1787, The Quivera Society, Berkeley)

The Apaches of the American Southwest have achieved almost legendary status for their fierceness and their tenacity in fighting the US Army. Names like Nana, Cochise, and Geronimo are synonymous with bravery and daring, and the tribe had that reputation long before the Americans arrived. Indeed, among all the Native American tribes, the Spanish, Mexicans, and Americans learned the hard way that the warriors of the Apache were perhaps the fiercest in North America. Based in the Southwest, the Apaches fought all three in Mexico and the American Southwest, engaging in seasonal raids for so many centuries that the Apaches struck fear into the hearts of all their neighbors.

Given the group's reputation, it's fitting that they are inextricably associated with one of their most famous leaders, Geronimo. Descendants of people killed by "hostile" Apaches certainly considered warriors like Geronimo to be murderers and thieves whose cultures and societies held no redeeming values, and even today, many Americans associate the name Geronimo with a war cry. The name Geronimo actually came about because of a battle he fought against the Mexicans.

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Could a book be read more poorly?

As a professor, I have to read essays that span the range of quality from embarrassing to outstanding. I honestly can’t remember reading anything worse than this in years. One has to wonder who “Charles River Editors” is? The best guess would be “editors” and, then, purveyors of horrible high school essays. This essay shows the telltale signs of substantive shallowness, trite phrasing, and woeful incompleteness. Now, as hard as It may be to imagine, the audio performance is worse than the essay. The difficulty in pronouncing Apache words might be forgiven since they are seldom encountered in day-to-day English conversation. The butchering of virtually every Spanish word, however, was breathtaking and beyond off-putting (e.g., who doesn’t know that a Spanish “j” is pronounced like an English “h”, as in “José”?). Indeed, many Spanish-derived words (such as “Gila” and “Sonoran”) have been totally Americanized in common usage. You would think that even the most clueless “editors” or reader might take a few minutes to run apparently unfamiliar words by someone with even a modicum of knowledge. That certainly didn’t happen in this case. Ooph.

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Poorly narrated.

The narrator did not research correct pronunciations. It was terrible hearing the language butchered.