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About the Author
David Roberts is the author of twenty-four books on mountaineering, adventure, and the history of the American Southwest. His essays and articles have appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and The Atlantic Monthly, among other publications. He lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Apache Wars are an interest and hobby for me. I live in SE Arizona and have visited the sites and studied the history of the people involved. This is a great book and I do recommend it; however, be skeptical of historians that claim Apaches kidnapped children and loved and raised them as their own, so much so that liberated captives never want to leave. In knowing what we know about the Apache and Mexican practices of kidnap and slavery, added to modern knowledge of the trauma and emotional damage done to the minds of kidnapped and enslaved children, it is fanciful and presumptous to claim to history that Indian society created the only willing captives that loved their captors. Study recovered kidnapped children of today to gain a better truth of this falacy. It makes for a romanticized story, but it should be questioned. With that said, I always find it unfair to portray Mickey Free as "betraying his people" and ungrateful for their embracing him into the tribe. He was kidnapped as a child and enslaved. Never saw his family again. I see his story as one of the more tragic in Arizona history and believe readers should, in the end, not believe everything they read. Historians have a way of describing cruelty, torture, and murder that Native Americans carried out as simple cultural norms where they didn't understand the ramifications of it nor harbor compassion as a virtue, while Mexicans and Americans are labeled evil. Ask why. Take skin tone and nationality out and see the acts for what they are. All humans understand the sounds and causes of agony and all are compelled to either cause it or ease it. Culture is not an excuse for torture, kidnap, or murder. The Apache story is fascinating regardless and this book will not disappoint.
Should be required reading! Tough subject matter told in straight forward fashion. The authors personal experiences in the country he writes about helps him place the people on the land. It isn't going to be anyones standard "cowboys & indians" read but will provoke thoughtful consideration once the story is read.