It sounds like the narrator is on fast forward! Very unpleasant to listen to!
I had read the book a long time ago and thought it was very good - and a cautionary tale on "American Greatness"
So when the Audible version showed up in a 3 for 2 sale I decided to give it a listen.
Very powerful - and sad tale of how we so brutally destroyed Anerican Indians - both good and bad
You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
Documents the injustice, broken promises, double standards, lies, theft, dispossession, and frequent massacres of Indian women and children that lie at the heart of U.S. expansion across North America.
The narrator does an admirable job presenting the antithesis to the propaganda myths of heroic Americans conquering the west that most of us were raised with.
Highly recommended, but definitely troubling.
I have been in my "Native American" reading phase and usually I read a lot of historical fiction to learn about cultures. But because this is actually part of MY culture (so says the family tree, though nothing I've grown up with and not obvious by looking at my generation) I thought I would check out some actual history. I am tentative when reading history - it can be so boring. That's why I like historical fiction.
This book was not as "good" or interesting or readable as, say, David McCullough, but really, that's a pretty high standard. This is what I can say about the book - I am glad I listened to it or I might not have finished. But I DID listen to it, and sometimes rewound to listen again if I got lost in the bunch of names. THEN when I went on to read (and listen to) other books about the same people and era, I recognized a lot of what was going on...so even though it wasn't as "fun" to read as fictionalized accounts, I did actually learn. And cry at the end...THAT never happened in school history class!
Read this book years ago and loved the history but could not lisdsten to narrator, he was so abrasive. Very dissapointed.
audio addict! Mostly interested in history and some historical fiction. Will Durant is my all time favorite. Loving the Great Courses too.
If I had to pick one book that every human being should read, this is it!
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is beautifully written. The book isn't centered around Wounded Knee, instead it tells the painful history of the many Native American tribes during our nation's early years.
The author does an OUTSTANDING job of using the words of the native Americans themselves, thus giving them a voice that is seldom heard! I must admit that my pride in my country has been lessened by reading this book. The broken promises, lies and greed of the founders of our nation is devastating. The absurd ideology of Manifest Destiny demonstrates a nation of tremendous greed and unjust entitlement. In the end, our policies and treatment of the native Americans amounted to centuries of persecution and mass ethnic-cleansing,
Please don't let my opinion of the events shade the book itself!! Brown doesn't overdramatize the events and stories in the book. This book isn't an opinion piece or editorial. The writing style is very straightforward and fact-oriented. That is what makes it so powerful and important. The events and stories speak for themselves. There were good and bad on both sides. This book provides historical context and perspective.
Exceptional audio performance. This is an award worthy performance for the great Grover Gardner!
The saddest thing is that it doesn't feel like the policies and treatment of Native Americans have changed much. We fought to the death for the abolition of slavery and civil rights of black Americans and women. Why didn't we fight for Native American rights as well? Why are native Americans treated differently?
I'm very thankful that I listened to this book. I wish there were more books about native Americans and their circumstances up to the present day.
Leave it to the truth to break your heart. We all know "how the west was won" from our history books. This book gives a detailed account of the madness of treaties, gold discoveries, military escorts, and re-treaties that pushed the Native Americans back, back and then ultimately contained them.
Over and over again , my heart was broken as I listened to the horror of the stories contained in this book. Let us never forget how gracious and kind native Americans are. Surely there are bad seeds among us all, but of all the peoples who have called this country home , it is the native Americans who seem to be the most kind hearted sensible peoples one could ever hope to encounter. History tells us that people often fear the unknown , the American Indian seemed to embrace it. I have no doubts were these stories reserved that much mercy would have been shown to the immigrants of America. I am not religious , but I hope that the great spirit has something wonderful in store for the truly noble peoples; the Native American Indians.
The story is heart wrenching.
How could this happen?
How did we have the right to come to another country and take over, driving the people born here into smaller and smaller, poorer and poorer lands?
Killing their horses? Why?