Geronimo - Utley, Robert M. - Yale University Press

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The Lamar Series in Western History


  • Robert M. Utley
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Honorable Mention at the 2012 Southern California Book Festival in the Biography/Autobiography category

Won the 2013 Spur Award for Best Western Nonfiction-Biography given by Western Writers of America.

 Winner of the 2013 Wrangler Award in the Literary Nonfiction category, given by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Honorable Mention at the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival in the Biography/Autobiography category

Honorable Mention at the 2013 Great Southeast Book Festival in the Biography category, given by JM Northern Media LLC.

Shortlisted for the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association, Reading the West Book Awards in the Adult Nonfiction category.

Renowned for ferocity in battle, legendary for an uncanny ability to elude capture, feared for the violence of his vengeful raids, the Apache fighter 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 an Apache fighter-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.

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.