War Cries on Horseback

by Stephen Longstreet, Doubleday, $6.95. Mr. Longstreet has undertaken to cover “the Indian Wars of the Great Plains,” which means some seventy years of scattered fighting. Despite the necessity of compression, the author keeps the action comprehensible and differentiates clearly among the various tribes. He is no sentimentalist about the Noble Savage, nor is he an apologist for the brutality and dishonesty of the whites. A plague, it comes to, on both your tepees.