Cochise: Chiricahua Apache Chief

  • by Edwin R. Sweeney
  • Narrated by S. George Lee
  • 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When it acquired New Mexico and Arizona, the United States inherited the territory of a people who had been a thorn in side of Mexico since 1821, and Spain before that. Known collectively as Apaches, these Indians lived in diverse, widely scattered groups with many names - Mescaleros, Chiricahuas, and Jicarillas, to name but three.
Cochise, a Chiricahua, was said to be the most resourceful, most brutal, most feared Apache. He and his warriors raided in both Mexico and the United States, crossing the border both ways to obtain sanctuary after raids for cattle, horses, and other livestock. Once, only he was captured and imprisoned; on the day he was freed he vowed never to be taken again. From that day, he gave no quarter and asked none. Always at the head of his warriors in battle, he led a charmed life, being wounded several times, but always surviving.
In 1861, when his brother was executed by Americans at Apache Pass, Cochise declared war. He fought relentlessly for a decade, and then only in the face of overwhelming military superiority did he agree to peace and accept the reservation.
The book is published by University of Oklahoma Press.


Audible Editor Reviews

"It is difficult to imagine sources Sweeney has not tapped. What there is to know about Cochise is almost certainly here." (Journal of Arizona History)


What the Critics Say

"This book is the definitive life story of history's most important Apache chief and restores him to his proper preeminent role in the region's history." (Choice)
"Trailing Cochise through nearly every skirmish and battle of his career, the narrative is a veritable catalogue of persecution, treachery and cruelty on both sides." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good history

What made the experience of listening to Cochise: Chiricahua Apache Chief the most enjoyable?

Simply the learning about Cochise, and the Apache civilization and culture.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cochise: Chiricahua Apache Chief?

The description of the Bascomb Affair (Apache Pass) which is really the beginning of the Apache wars.

Did S. George Lee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

This is a history book, so that really dies not apply.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, the density of the information requires time to digest.

Any additional comments?

My main problem with this Audible program is the narration. The narrator's voice was fine, however, many of the words are mispronounced. "Mogollon" and "Cienega," for instance, and also many of the Apache and Spanish names were mispronounced throughout the narration. I think the narrator should have taken a little time and looked into how these words are commonly spoken.

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- T. Harris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-13-2015
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks