I first read this book many years ago and it made a profound impression. I wasn't ignorant of Native American history--I grew up on several reservations where my father taught school and have a deep respect for the culture of the Hopi and the Navajo and the Apache and the Papago -- tribes I was familiar with as a child. But it was a still a revelation to hear this history from their perspective. The violence of the subjugation of The People is stunning to hear in a narrative like this. That said, I found listening to this book frustrating. I don't think the structure and flow of the book is up to the subject matter. It often felt like a list of atrocities, with the characters very hard to follow, instead of a story which draws you into the humanity and complexity of the cultures it is portraying. I kept thinking about the "Empire of the Summer Moon". Much better book in my opinion, although perhaps they fulfill different purposes.
Yes, but with a caveat that it is hard going.
No--that is the central problem of the book. You don't get to know or understand individuals.
Read "Empire of the Summer moon" again and look for other titles on similar subjects.
This is a classic that belongs in any library about Native American issues, but I don't think it lends itself to the audio format well and I didn't find the narrator any help in that regard.
Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
A look at the treatment of Native American's from their view of the history of the U.S. Widely acclaimed when it was published in 1970, the book brought to light a viewpoint generally not covered in American History.
I knew some of it, from places I've been and other books I've read, but Brown's book helped connect some other dots for me - especially events in Colorado/Arizona/New Mexico/Kansas where I know the name of the person or place, but not what occurred, and what lead up to some of the major events. It definitely makes me want to learn more.
A great follow-up book is "Empire of the Summer Moon".
This is not an easy book to listen to. Not because of the story or the performance, but because of the subject matter. But the best medicine is often bitter, and these are stories that need to be heard. The reading is solid and the narrator's voice, which may not suit other material, carries this well with a documentary style.
This book gave me new respect for our Native Americans. The European settlers took more and more, but again and again the Native Americans tried to live in peace, tried to compromise until they were pushed to their breaking points. But, eventually the settlers took all their land, took their resources, slaughtered their people, and imprisoned the remaining Native Americans in the least desirable parts of the country.
I think this is the first time that I've heard this part of our history, and also heard the voices of the Native Americans. It's more than a historical accounting of what happened in that time, but gives a real feel for the forces at work, the people involved, and the immeasurable suffering and deaths of so many good people.
I will soon be eighty one years young. I have had a very interesting life learning from it as well as enjoying it. I just published a book.
This audiobook was well worth the time of hearing, and well read. It details the horrible tragedy of the killing of the American Indians. It should be part of every school children's education.
Each individual tribe and it's leaders are spoken of in detail. The dishonorable cowardly American generals and soldiers who took part in this horrible tragedy full of lies and broken treaties are spoken of in detail. This includes the many presidents of the United States that allowed it to happen and heroes such as Gen. Sherman who should rot in hell.
Grover Gardner did an outstanding job in reading this book to me. I myself find it difficult now at the age of 82 read more than a printed page or two of any book so I found this audible book very purposeful and well done.
The tragedies brought forth in such good detail was more than a reaction from me. To say I enjoyed the book is not a fair statement, however I am very glad that I was fortunate enough to be able to hear it.
The revisionist history that is taught to our children in our schools has brought forth much more of the same dishonesty, greed and tragedy that our nation has found itself part of. History should be a lesson!
It's sad that history doesn't tell the full story of the American Indian. While I didn't particularly care for the narrator, I felt the story very eye-opening. I especially like that each chapter begins with notable events in history.
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.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
Very high level view of the plight of the Native American people up until Wounded Knee. It was a good read at a high level that can then be supplemented with books on Crazy Horse, Geronimo and others. It really short shifted Wounded knee and treated it more as a bookend then a defining moment in the history as implied with the title. For a good in death look at Wounded Knee see a Heather Richardson's book.
great history lesson
favorite characters native, Americans their love of nature
yes,by being informative.
nothing wrong great job.
read to learn the truth story of evil.
It is a rarely discussed subjectt of 19th century American History that is described to the reader by an even more rare voice...that of the Aboriginal American.