This book by Paul Andrew Hutton is well researched, engaging and an informative read. I read this book because I am interested in native american history in the american southwest. It is the first book by the author that I have read.
The subtitle of the book “The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid and the Captive Boy who started the longest war in American History” pretty much covers the overall theme of the book. Mickey Free is the boy referred to above. The book covers the time period from the mid 1800’s to the late 1800’s as the United States tried to capture the various Apache tribes and confine them to reservations.
The major Apache players covered in the book include Mangas Coloradas, Cochise, Geronimo, Victorio, Lozen and the Apache Kid. It addresses why they were difficult to capture and when captured, why they were hard to confine to a reservation. It addresses their beliefs and concerns with changing their way of life.
On the other side, major roles were played by O.O. Howard, George Crook, Nelson Miles, Al Sieber, Tom Horn and Kit Carson.
The book also deals with Tom Jeffords and Mickey Free and their struggle to balance their lives between the two sides of the struggle.
I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in southwestern native american history.
I received a free copy of the book courtesy of Blogging for Books and Crown, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on my blog, Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes and Noble. I also posted it my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.