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Renowned for ferocity in battle, legendary for an uncanny ability to elude capture, feared for the violence of his vengeful raids, the Apache fighter Geronimo captured the public imagination in his own time and remains a figure of mythical proportion today. This thoroughly researched biography by a renowned historian of the American West strips away the myths and rumors that have long obscured the real Geronimo and presents an authentic portrait of a man with unique strengths and weaknesses and a destiny that swept him into the fierce storms of history.

Historian Robert Utley draws on an array of new sources and his own lifelong research on the mountain West and white-Indian conflicts of the late nineteenth century to create an updated, accurate, and highly exciting narrative of Geronimo's life. Utley unfolds the story through the alternating perspectives of whites and Apaches, and he arrives at a more nuanced understanding of Geronimo's character and motivation than ever before. What it was like to be an Apache fighter-in-training, why Indians as well as whites feared Geronimo, how Geronimo maintained his freedom, and why he finally surrendered--the answers to these questions and many more fill the pages of this irresistable volume.

Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780300126389
Branch Call Number: B GERONIMO
Characteristics: xii, 348 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.


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ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2013

"Geronimo, leader of a group of Chiricahua Apache who were infamous for their brutal raids along the U.S.-Mexico border in the 1870s and '80s, was a complex figure who came to symbolise the Native Americans' efforts to remain free of U.S. Government control. In this detailed and nuanced biography, historian Robert Utley vividly depicts the landscape and geography where Geronimo lived and fought, and subtly characterises the man himself. Geronimo also offers a broader view of Apache culture and customs and brings to life other key leaders, including Cochise and Geronimo's mentor, Mangas Coloradas." February 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter


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