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U of Nebraska Press, 1986 - History - 274 pages
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At the center of this stirring saga of the Apache-Anglo frontier is Mangas Colorados, the formidable chief of the "Red Paint People," or Eastern Chiricahua Apaches. Born about 1795 probably in southern New Mexico, the Apache warrior (popularly known as Mangus or Mangas Colorado) is shown to possess abilities and qualities of char-acter to merit the respect of both whites and Indians. In this fictionalized biography, Will Levington Comfort describes his education and rise to leadership and, most dramatically, his plan to unite his people in their struggle for survival. After a lifetime of avenging wrongs, Mangas Colorados faces a losing battle with U.S. troops in 1862. Will Levington Comfort's Apache has been cited by literary historian Lawrence Clark Powell as one of the two or three great books on the American Southwest.

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This is one of the most descriptive, well written books I have ever read. I read it, at least, 25 years ago and I've never forgotten it. I was there, inside Mangas Colorados's head while I was reading it. As one who enjoys well written books about Indians and Native American life, this book is one of the best.  

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I can only agree with the previous reviewer's comments, this is a fantastic book which was originally written in 1931 and i still have my old copy from the 1970's. It's a great story to read for anyone interested in the Old West.
Geronimo and Cochise may have become more famous as Apache leaders due to books, newspapers, photography and later movies of the period, but as this book shows Mangas Colorados was the one who initially forged the tribes together and led his people in their early 19th century resistance to firstly the Spanish and then later the American invaders of Apache land.
A great book, well worth reading.

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