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Here is one of the most extraordinary and invaluable documents in the annals of Native American history: the authentic testament of a remarkable "war shaman" who, for several years, held off both Mexico and the United States in fierce defense of Apache lands.

During 1905 and 1906, Geronimo, the legendary Apache warrior and honorary war chief, dictated his story through a native interpreter to S. M. Barrett, then superintendent of schools in Lawton, Oklahoma. As Geronimo was by then a prisoner of war, Barrett had to appeal all the way up the chain of command to President Teddy Roosevelt for permission to record the words of the "Indian outlaw".

Geronimo came to each interview knowing exactly what he wanted to cover, beginning with the telling of the Apache creation story. When, at the end of the first session, Barrett posed a question, the only answer he received was a pronouncement: "Write what I have spoken".

Public Domain (P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"Bottino's matter-of-fact, unvoiced presentation is a good match for the text. He sounds like a tired 75+-year-old-man reflecting on his life." ( KLIATT)

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  • SANTIAGO POZO
  • 12-08-20

Historically fake.

Fake fake fake
In addition boring, inaccurate and mises important data on the life of Gerónimo like he was Catholic and spoke Spanish

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  • Karl Addison
  • 15-09-20

With caution

I would always air with a lot of caution when it comes to translation and interpretation from a colonial agenda. There is a very clear and racist bias from the author of this translation as one Mater of fact for euro-centric ideology as being superior to native world views.

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  • p litchenberg
  • 18-06-18

Fascinating....

description of the final surrender of the Indian to the tidal wave of settlers. The govt then parades him around the country as a sort of side show Bob.

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  • Rick Reed
  • 21-11-20

poignant story from a giant personality

from the saddest era of U S History. had Christian settlers viewed native American tribes properly, our whole country would be better off

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  • cheryl garvey
  • 21-01-21

Heart wrenching

I've read other stories about geronimo And very glad too gave read something in his own words the treatment of native Americans is heart wrenching.

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  • Meadow
  • 01-09-20

A different world.

Fascinating reflection and recounting of a poignant time in our history and of a man whose name and life have come to symbolize the plight of native Americans.

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  • Matt
  • 31-08-21

Very interesting

After reading other remarks on this book, I was unsure whether or not I wanted to listen to it, but am now glad that I did. There are some ridiculous reviews that claim this book to be racist and “euro centric” which must have been written by someone who has been educated beyond their intelligence. This book was dictated by the legendary Geronimo, if you cannot handle his uneducated wisdom, and are offended that bad things have happened in history then you won’t like this book. If you can understand that this was the Indians side of the story (which is probably less embellished) and can take it at face value, you will probably enjoy this book. There are some great insights into the Apache culture that you won’t get anywhere else.

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  • Carol
  • 06-08-21

In Geronimo’s Own Words

This book was written because Geronimo had wanted for us to hear his journey in his own words, and the. To judge for ourselves if he and his tribe had been treated fairly and as promised. The importance of books like this cannot be underestimated. I’m so glad it was written and produced. I’m horrified by how they were so blatantly mislead over and over. I recommend that you read and/or listen to this, and then find new ways to do what you can to open up authentic opportunities for all people. We can’t change the past, but we can decide not to repeat it.

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  • Moccasin
  • 19-07-21

An American treasure

I was interested in this story because my husband heard stories from an elderly neighbor of his old Army days when he guarded Geronimo during his imprisonment in Oklahoma. So I got the book for him to read. Recently I noticed it was available on Audible for free, so I chose to listen to the story dictated to the author after President Teddy Roosevelt permitted it. The interpreter for Geri imo was the son of Cochise, another famous Chieftain of the Apache nation.
While our history books tell of Manifest Destiny, seldom do they tell of the genocide perpetrated on the Native Americans who were present for centuries in the lands of the West.

If you have a chance to listen to this title, or choose instead to read it, you will know the first hand experiences of a great American, a skilled military tactician, and a committed leader of his people.
Awesome and very moving factual account with no trace of self pity.

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  • Carl Harnish
  • 18-06-21

fascinating.

great story. really enjoyed it. interesting and informative. monotone delivery but learned alot. if your interested in history this is for you.