BRAVE WARRIORS by Norman B. Wiltsey


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The true history of the American Indian, sadly enough, is not a subject which attracts either the general reader or writer of outstanding ability. Certainly, readers with any degree of urbanity will be discouraged by the Foreword to this volume, written as it is in a ""well, by golly"" style by the editor-publisher of True West, the magazine in which this work first appeared as seven separate articles. But the fact is, Mr. Wiltsey has done a good serious job here in telling the stories of the Nez Perce, Cheyenne, Modoc, Apache, Crow, Comanche, and Sioux in their unequal struggles with prejudiced and not always ethical representatives of the American government. Mr. Wiltsey's sympathies are frankly on the side of the Indians, and he is less concerned with the subtleties in his material than he is with recounting an action-packed tale. Also, he is not above occasional use of such phraseology as ""It looked like curtains"". But the book is solidly researched, accurate as far as it goes, definitely readable, always entertaining, and often successfully dramatic. Especially on the lesser known tribes, such as the Modoc, few libraries contain anything of comparable value.

Pub Date: May 15th, 1963
Publisher: Caxton