|Hi, friends! You have reached Robert M. Utley, a.k.a. The Old Bison.
I assume most of you have enough interest in me to access this web
site. You probably know of me as the author of many books and other
publications dealing with various aspects of the American West.
That I am, but as a historian for my entire career (I’m now early in my eighties) I emerge from two traditions: addiction to writing about the history of the West, and a long-time career in the National Park Service, which I served as its chief historian during one of the most critical periods in its history. Even then I wrote books, and since retiring from the federal government in 1980 I have devoted myself almost entirely to writing books. I still consider myself a proud veteran of the National Park Service and keep current with its people and activities. The two traditions were not separate. I kept one foot in both traditions and another in academia and its various professional offsprings. I am a product of all those experiences.
|For those who wish to know more about me and these experiences, consult my memoir, Custer and Me: A Historian's Memoir
published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2004. If you are
looking for a particular book, including my memoir, virtually all are
still in print and available under Robert M. Utley at www.amazon.com.
Less digestible but providing ample detail is my CV, as well as a list of my publications. |
I now live in a retirement community in Scottsdale, Arizona, with my wife of thirty years, Melody Webb. She’s also a published author and a veteran of the National Park Service.
You may e-mail me at email@example.com. You can’t call me because I am severely hearing impaired, though otherwise in fairly good health. I still write, with my latest book being a biography of Geronimo, recently published by Yale University Press.
Part of the Lamar Series on Western History
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Winner Western Heritage Award
Wrangler for Outstanding Nonfiction
National Cowboy MuseumWinner of the Spur Award - Best Western Nonfiction-Biography
and Western Heritage Center
Western Writers of America
Wall Street Journal
Robert Utley peels away the legend to reveal a complex and difficult man whose life began in a world untouched by American civilization and extended into the twentieth century.
New York Review of Books
Robert Utley is an accomplished and meticulous historian, with a solid grasp of the history of the American West.
Utley acknowledges Geronimo’s courage, determination and intelligence. But he takes vigorous issue with the romanticized image of Geronimo as a heroic defender of his homeland, popularized by a genre that includes such titles as Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and Custer Died for Your Sins. “While Geronimo’s legacy in history is undying,” Utley writes, “he emerges essentially as a not very likable man.
Geronimo is the latest book by Robert Utley, one of the greatest contemporary writers on the American west and author of an acclaimed 1993 biography of the Sioux chief Sitting Bull.