Cochise: The Life and Times of the Great Apache Chief

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Overview

Praise for Peter Aleshire's The Fox and the Whirlwind

"Superbly crafted." —Dallas Morning News

"Offers a refreshing approach to understanding the Apache wars, allowing readers to grasp the conflict from multiple perspectives." —Library Journal

"An invaluable addition to western history." —Evans Connell, Author of Son of the Morning Star

"Written like fine historical fiction, but substantial, substantive, enlightening." &mdashKirkus Reviews

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A well-intentioned but unsatisfying life of the Apache warrior, "arguably the only Native American leader to actually win his war with the United States of America." Aleshire (American Studies/Arizona State Univ.; The Fox and the Whirlwind: General George Crook and Geronimo, 2000), begins his life of Cochise, the great Chiricahua Apache fighter and strategist, with an apology: because the conventional historiography of the 19th-century American West does not often allow for Native American voices, he asserts, he has had to use considerable invention in looking at Apache history from an Apache point of view. That's all well and good, but Aleshire takes a few long stretches in recounting the eventful, violence-plagued life of Cochise (1804?-74), who had his hands full battling Mexicans and Americans while trying to secure a homeland that would be safe from intruders, while at the same time trying to rein in ambitious, bellicose compatriots like Geronimo. For one thing, Aleshire attributes to Cochise ideas and statements that no reliable history corroborates ("Cochise especially liked this story," he writes at one point before relating a folktale gathered by an anthropologist in the late 1930s); for another, he tends to crib rather heavily from the ethnographic literature, and the best lines here are often those of writers such as Morris Opler, Eve Ball, and Keith Basso; for still another, Aleshire has an unfortunate habit of writing in a sort of noble-savage pastiche that's thick with simile from the Chief Dan George school of Indian rhetoric ("Cochise felt caught in the midst of his enemies, like the deer who hears the echo of the wolves ahead and behind"; "He had steeled hisheart, like a knife heated and quenched"; "Now Cochise's heart leaped up in his chest, like an eagle lunging against a tether"). The surfeit of conjecture, sentimentality, and stentorian tone works, in the end, against Aleshire's reliability as a narrator and historian, and it makes this a chore to read. Readers with a serious interest in Cochise's life and times will prefer less self-conscious lives, such as Edwin Sweeney's Cochise and David Roberts's Once They Moved Like the Wind, to Aleshire's imaginative treatment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785820352
  • Publisher: Book Sales, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/2006
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.37 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Preface ix
1 He Turns to Fight (October 1869) 1
2 In the Beginning 8
3 The Peace Unravels (1824) 36
4 The Death of Pisago Cabezon and the Rise of Cochise (1838) 51
5 War to the Death: Cochise He Rises (1846) 64
6 Storm from the East: The White Eyes Arrive (1856) 93
7 "Cut-the-Tent"--Driven to War (1861) 119
8 War of Extermination (1861) 136
9 Cochise Triumphant (1861) 160
10 Battle of Apache Pass: Return of the Americans (July 1862) 174
11 Death of Mangas Coloradas: The Shadow of the Giant (Late 1862) 182
12 Cochise the Avenger (Late 1864) 196
13 Turn toward Peace: Thomas Jeffords (Early 1871) 218
14 Power Takes a Hand (Mid-1871) 236
15 The One-Armed General and the Last War Won (October 1872) 254
16 The Frail Peace--the Dying Chief (1873) 279
Epilogue 291
Notes 295
Bibliography 331
Index 339
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    A Must Read COCHISE-The Life and Times of the Great APACHE CHIEF

    Wonderful! I could not put this book down. The history of this awesome human, his culture and spirituality, woven into the history of our country brought me to a new level of awareness. It is extremely unfortunate that we did not investigate and learn from this man and his People. Their view of the afterlife is inspiring. BRAVO!!!

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

    Another modern apologist tome.

    Apaches arrive at the border of Mexico, Arizona and New Mexico about the same time as the Spanish, claim the area (the size of New York State) for their exclusive use, and proceed to kill anyone who shows up. Cochise and about 100 tribesmen kill about 4,000 Mexicans and gringos over a period of 30 years. Aleshire blames it all on Mexican farmers, Mountain Men, and the U.S. Army. Not a balanced account.

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