Cochise: The Life and Times of the Great Apache Chiefby Peter Aleshire
Master strategist, spellbinding orator, religious, political, and moral leader. This was Cochise, the most revered warrior of the embattled Apaches, and one of the pivotal figures in the history of the American West. A powerful and sophisticated leader after years of fighting, Cochise was the only Native American leader to win a war against the white Americans after they wrested the southwest from Mexico in 1848. In this rare biography, distinguished author and historian Peter Aleshire provides the first Apache view of a crucial period in American history -- and offers an intimate glimpse of the intriguing man behind the legendary warrior.
Drawing from a range of sources to create an account that is both historically accurate and culturally authentic, Cochise presents a rich and unique blend of voices, including accounts of historians and anthropologists and firsthand descriptions of Apache life, attitudes, and beliefs. The result is an exploration of the internal politics of the Apaches, showing how the leaders derived their authority from spiritual power. This book examines the complex relationship between the Apaches and the Mexicans -- as well as the bewilderment of Apache leaders in dealing with a confusing, contradictory, and, in the end, incomprehensible white world.
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Meet the Author
PETER ALESHIRE is a senior lecturer in the Department of American Studies at Arizona State University, West Campus, and author of Reaping the Whirlwind: The Apache Wars; Warrior Woman: The Story of Lozen, Apache Warrior and Shaman; and The Fox and the Whirlwind: General George Crook and Geronimo, A Paired Biography (Wiley). He is also the associate editor of Phoenix Magazine. Mr. Aleshire lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
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