By BobK on June 30, 2015:
The follow-up, Chief of Thieves, for me was an even more captivating read. When I want a book close by so I can read even another paragraph in a down moment, that book has my attention. Something about Kohlhagen’s writing bears the mark of a brilliant storyteller…almost a lost art among us Anglos. Perhaps the Native Americans maintain a bit of that in order to preserve what’s left of their cultures.
I now want history taught the way Steven Kohlhagen teaches – through story and by sharing the insights from both sides of situations. This book transcends flag-waving and cheers to deliver an understanding of both sides in conflicts between Indians, American settlers and the army right after the Civil War.
Chief of Thieves culminates in a vivid depiction of the battle of Little Big Horn. The story comes from enough camera angles so it makes absolute sense.
This is a compelling story of life in America’s southwest in the late 1800’s. Even better, it’s an easy read following the lives of our ancestors and maybe for the first time, understanding how they thought about life.