Books: Nine Lives

THE PATRIOT CHIEFS (364 pp.)—Alvin M. Josephy Jr.—Viking ($6).

In the cold, snowy mountains of Montana, just 30 miles south of the Canadian border, a weary Indian leader of the Nez Percé tribe slowly rode up a hill where U.S. cavalry soldiers waited. Dismounting, Chief Joseph handed Colonel Nelson Miles his rifle and spoke: "I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed . . . The old men are all dead . . . The little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them, have run away to the hills and have...

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