The Captured - Scott Zesch

The Captured

By Scott Zesch

  • Release Date: 2007-04-01
  • Genre: United States
Score: 4.5
From 85 Ratings


On New Year's Day in 1870, ten-year-old Adolph Korn was kidnapped by an Apache raiding party. Traded to Comaches, he thrived in the rough, nomadic existence, quickly becoming one of the tribe's fiercest warriors. Forcibly returned to his parents after three years, Korn never adjusted to life in white society. He spent his last years in a cave, all but forgotten by his family.

That is, until Scott Zesch stumbled over his own great-great-great uncle's grave. Determined to understand how such a "good boy" could have become Indianized so completely, Zesch travels across the west, digging through archives, speaking with Comanche elders, and tracking eight other child captives from the region with hauntingly similar experiences. With a historians rigor and a novelists eye, Zesch's The Captured paints a vivid portrait of life on the Texas frontier, offering a rare account of captivity.

"A carefully written, well-researched contribution to Western history -- and to a promising new genre: the anthropology of the stolen." - Kirkus Reviews


  • A lost history beautifully told

    By Handakina
    Mr Zesch has written an extraordinary book from both an historical and personal perspective, the best "history" of all. His re-creations of the lives of these white Indian children is told while showing respect for both cultures. The psychological impact on these children was individualized for each child with insight and intelligence by the author. A great read.
  • Excellent

    By kenipad53
    Great work on Indian white captives. Very descriptive on aspects of the 19th century of the plains native Americans and white settlers.
  • Great book!!

    By Mwhit05
    Very interesting especially if you are from Texas!