Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier

Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier

by Scott Zesch
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Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier by Scott Zesch

On New Year's Day in 1870, ten-year-old Adolph Korn was kidnapped by an Apache raiding party. Traded to Comaches, he thrived in the rough, nomadic existence, quickly becoming one of the tribe's fiercest warriors. Forcibly returned to his parents after three years, Korn never adjusted to life in white society. He spent his last years in a cave, all but forgotten by his family.

That is, until Scott Zesch stumbled over his own great-great-great uncle's grave. Determined to understand how such a "good boy" could have become Indianized so completely, Zesch travels across the west, digging through archives, speaking with Comanche elders, and tracking eight other child captives from the region with hauntingly similar experiences. With a historians rigor and a novelists eye, Zesch's The Captured paints a vivid portrait of life on the Texas frontier, offering a rare account of captivity.

"A carefully written, well-researched contribution to Western history — and to a promising new genre: the anthropology of the stolen." - Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312317898
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/27/2005
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 85,096
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.37(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Scott Zesch grew up in Mason County, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University and Harvard Law School. He is the author of the novel Alamo Heights, and he is the winner of the Western History Association's Ray Allen Billington Award. He divides his time between New York City and a ranch in Art, Texas (population 3).

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Captured 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just completed reading this book by Scott Zesch and found it to be beautifully written. The book reads very smooth from beginning to end and is written with such compasion. I was so impressed with the author I checked to see what else he had written and was disappointed to know he only had one other book published. I would defintely recommend 'The Captured' to anyone who embraces the West.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read except for the missing pages--about one per chapter, which ruins the continuity. Sloppy and careless on the part of production.
readerofallSW More than 1 year ago
I have just finished this book and did not want it to end. I thoroughly enjoyed it and knowing that it was so well researched. Now to find some other books like this. I am passing the book on to a friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read. It would have been interesting if an indepth comparison of what we now know as Stolkholm Syndrome was discussed regarding these kids. As much as many want to believe the kidnapped kids preferred Indian life so much more they never wanted to leave and even went back to once liberated, they had been completey indoctrinated by violent domestic terrorists of another age. Historians can tend to insinute a bias towards Native American life being superior, more noble and free hence preferrable. I think that insinuation exists here and possibly helped the author feel better about the fate of his ancestor, who knows. It is politically correct to portray that but it doesnt paint the full picture. The Commanche were not what I would call good people back then, even before Europeans showed up they were raping and murdering and stealing from their neighbors. Not noble, not admirable. Criminal. Regardless, form your own conclusion about the events. This book is a good one.
Bonkwaddle More than 1 year ago
Well written, documented, and interesting. Must read for American History Buffs!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued at first, then got so caught up that I can't wait to read more about the white captives or white indians! Very well researched and written and gives a good account of what the captives experienced with the Indians.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though I had read specific accounts of some of these captives, I have never read any book which so expertly relates their individual stories while comparing and contrasting their experiences and attempting to give explanations for the resulting changes in the children. I was thoroughly impressed with the researching and the filtering through masses of materials to separate fact from legend. This very readable book allowed me to gain insights into not only the captives, but also the political movements of the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written with impressive documentation. Highly recommend.
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This book was very interesting and informative. It was hard to put down. Not only did the author cover life in the Indian camps, but also what life was like when they were returned to their families and how they ended their lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredibly intriguing. Recommend!!!
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