The Black Legend: George Bascom, Cochise, and the Start of the Apache Wars

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This book is a bit of a mess and could have used some more editing before seeing the light of day. In 1861, as the Civil War was starting up in the East, a war was breaking out in what is now Arizona between Chiricahua Apaches and the United States military; the Apaches were led by Cochise, and bloodshed started after the kidnapping of a young boy from a local ranch. This book is a reexamination of the young Lt. Bascom and his performance when he initially made contact with Cochise. While skirmishes would rage for the next 20 or so years, most of the initial conflict takes place early on.

It is a shame that this book was not better for a story like this. It needed to be edited more; many passages are repeated verbatim in multiple parts of the book, almost as if he wrote the chapters at different times and then did not go back and get rid of the times he repeated himself. Also, most of chapter three can be gotten rid of, as it is not really needed. And finally, his sources and how he uses them leave a lot to be desired.

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Author Doug Hocking
Star Count 2/5
Format Hard
Page Count 384 pages
Publisher TwoDot
Publish Date 2018-Oct-01
ISBN 9781493034451
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Issue February 2019
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