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Oh What a Slaughter

Massacres in the American West: 1846--1890

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From Publishers Weekly

Oct 10, 2005 – Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist McMurtry (Lonesome Dove) recounts six Western frontier massacres in this meandering mixture of memoir, literary criticism, jeremiad and history. "In most cases," McMurtry acknowledges, "the only undisputed fact about a given massacre is the date on which it occurred." Rightly enough, such disputes don't keep him from approaching these subjects with strong opinions. "Whites killed whites" at Mountain Meadows (1857); "a camp of one hundred percent peaceful Indians" was attacked at Sand Creek (1864). At Marias River (1870), Blackfeet Indians "dying anyway" of smallpox were slaughtered, and at Camp Grant (1871) "all the people killed—excepting one old man and a 'well-grown' boy—were women and children." McMurtry's easygoing voice and hop-and-skip pace leave comprehensiveness to the many books to which he refers, but his own volume would have been stronger, and more accessible to readers unfamiliar with frontier history, if it had been organized more systematically. As is, the book feels tossed off, and his passing references to contemporary massacres—in Rwanda, New York and Iraq, for example—don't add much resonance.

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There is no one better telling a story then McMurty. His stories advance at a fast pace always without useless flourishes. This particular effort appears a bit uneven lacking a structure that ties it together. Nevertheless, reading McMurty can never be a waste.

Oh What a Slaughter
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: United States
  • Published: Jun 01, 2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 192 Pages
  • Language: English
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