Black Kettle's forthright position, and his subsequent betrayal.
The book is a fine work. Although it feels like repetition in the accounts of the U.S. Army massacres, I suppose there is no other way to drive the point home in a brutally frank manner - the repetition in the book exists because the repetition in history exists - the
I'm no history expert, so I can't opine on historical clarity, accuracy, etc, but I found the book to be excellent - unlike other reviewers, I enjoyed the "hopping" to and fro among decades - it was necessary to make the point that the author was working on. Fascinating material - brings a to home the harsh reality of the second generation's cold treatment of the natives that were so accommodating to their fathers and mothers - seems like history repeats itself, in this respect, even now in America.
Also, I don't agree with other reviewers about the narrator - I really enjoyed his skill in narration - no offense to Mr. Philbrick, but his voice sounds a bit old and weathered - perfect for the context of the material. I'm looking forward to hear more of his narrations.
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