Geronimo by Robert M. Utley
(The Lamar Series in Western History)

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Renowned for ferocity in battle, legendary for an uncanny ability to elude capture, feared for the violence of his vengeful raids, the Apache warrior Geronimo captured the public imagination in his own time and remains a figure of mythical proportion today. This thoroughly researched biography by a renowned historian of the American West strips away the myths and rumors that have long obscured the real Geronimo and presents an authentic portrait of a man with unique strengths and weaknesses and a destiny that swept him into the fierce storms of history. Historian Robert Utley draws on an array of new sources and his own lifelong research on the Mountain West and white-Indian conflicts of the late nineteenth century to create an updated, accurate, and highly exciting narrative of Geronimo's life. Utley unfolds the story through the alternating perspectives of whites and Apaches, and he arrives at a more nuanced understanding of Geronimo's character and motivation than ever before. What it was like to be a warrior-in-training, why Indians as well as whites feared Geronimo, how Geronimo maintained his freedom, and why he finally surrendered—the answers to these questions and many more fill the pages of this irresistable volume.

About Robert M. Utley

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Robert M. Utley is the award-winning author of seventeen books on western American history. During his career with the National Park Service he served as chief historian and assistant director. He lives in Scottsdale, AZ.
Published November 27, 2012 by Yale University Press. 376 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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The author examines the relevant geography, but he also provides a better understanding of how the legendary Geronimo became a brutal reservation Apache.

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Meticulous and finely researched, Utley’s (The Lance and the Shield) account of Geronimo’s life attempts to dismiss the legend of an “Apache daredevil fighting for his homeland.” Compiled from various

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Washington Independent Review of Books

The name Geronimo has become deeply etched in the American mind as a stirring symbol of exceptional courage, daring, and selfless dedication to the preservation of the Apaches and their way of life — a hero who led his people in a glorious last stand to defend their homeland.

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He has read virtually everything written about Geronimo and produced a highly factual, easy-to-read biography designed to separate the man Geronimo from the legendary figure who, he writes, “has come down in recent history as the valiant Apache fighting for his homeland.” Utley is out to disabuse...

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Post and Courier

Toward the end of the book, he uses a letter that a captive Geronimo wrote to his son as “seeming to reveal” that the leader had come to terms with the reality of his prisoner-of-war reservation life at Fort Sill.

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Author Bob Utley, one of the best-known names in Western historical nonfiction, writes in the epilogue of this 376-page sure-to-be-a-classic book, "In modern times, few of the public know the names of any [Indians] but Geronimo."

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Kansas City Star

But he takes vigorous issue with the romanticized image of Geronimo as a heroic defender of his homeland, popularized by a genre that includes such titles as “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” and “Custer Died for Your Sins.” “While Geronimo’s legacy in history is undying,” Utley says, “he emerges e...

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