Karl Jacoby

Karl Jacoby received the 2009 RFK Book Award for Shadows at Dawn: An Apache Massacre and the Violence of History.

In April 1871, a group of Americans, Mexicans, and Tohono Oodham Indians surrounded an Apache village at dawn and murdered nearly 150 men, women, and children in their sleep. In the past century the attack, which came to be known as the Camp Grant Massacre, has largely faded from memory. Now, drawing on oral histories, contemporary newspaper reports, and the participants own accounts, prize-winning author Karl Jacoby brings this perplexing incident and tumultuous era to life to paint a sweeping panorama of the American Southwest a world far more complex, diverse, and morally ambiguous than the traditional portrayals of the Old West.