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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West | [Dee Brown]

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

Dee Brown's eloquent, meticulously documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the 19th century uses council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions. Brown allows great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them demoralized and defeated.
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Publisher's Summary

Dee Brown's eloquent, meticulously documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the 19th century uses council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions. Brown allows great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them demoralized and defeated. A unique and disturbing narrative told with force and clarity, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee changed forever our vision of how the West was really won - and lost.

©1970 Dee Brown; Preface 2000 by Dee Brown; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Original, remarkable, and finally heartbreaking....Impossible to put down." (New York Times)
"Shattering, appalling, compelling....One wonders...who indeed were the savages." (Washington Post)

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    Jennifer HUGO, MN, United States 09-10-12
    Jennifer HUGO, MN, United States 09-10-12 Listener Since 2005
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    "Not As Dry As You Might Think!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LORI YUBA CITY, CA, United States 12-16-11
    LORI YUBA CITY, CA, United States 12-16-11

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    "Couldn't finish!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It sounds like the narrator is on fast forward! Very unpleasant to listen to!


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine amelia ohio 45102 09-25-10
    Katherine amelia ohio 45102 09-25-10
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    "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee"

    Read this book years ago and loved the history but could not lisdsten to narrator, he was so abrasive. Very dissapointed.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James Wells 05-25-15
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    "So sad"

    Very good but very sad. Go figure. A good listen even if it is so sad.

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    J. Scott Frampton 05-24-15
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    "A classic"

    One of the best ever when it comes to Native Americana and it's wonderful, sad, and interesting histories.

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    Kelly-Johnston 04-24-15
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    "Brilliantly written & somewhat upsetting"

    Before reading this I was unaware of how the USA had interacted with the various Indian nations. Upsetting & informative.
    Cheers.

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    Angelo C. Chavez Lafayette, CO United States 04-20-15
    Angelo C. Chavez Lafayette, CO United States 04-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Shameful and visceral"

    Manifest destiny had it's victim's. No nation is perfect while war has casualties. Native Americans have a wonderful history and they are such a prideful people. Lots to learn from them and this is a must read about the history of the U.S.

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    Vicki So 03-05-15
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    "An important narrative about American history"

    Quintessential reading/listening for any student of history. A must-have for your library. Worth a second look!

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    marisa 11-12-14
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    "Sad, Gripping and Informative"
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    This book helped me put things in perspective. Its a great book yet is the content is obviously extremely sad. I am glad that I listened to this story. The book is interesting because the story is told from the views of the native americans, making things different from how Americans usually learn about the Natives and their history. It is a very important book

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    "American history not covered in the classroom"
    Would you listen to Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee again? Why?

    Yes, the detail and documentation are impressive and thought provoking


    What other book might you compare Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee to and why?

    The Bondswoman's Narrative, one of Black slaves , the other of Native Americans and their unique historical perspectives


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not possible to do all at once as reflection had value........though easy to migrate back at the first opportunity.


    Any additional comments?

    Provides sobering background to the 'advancement' of the western migration in North America. A broad overview with descriptive detail and aligned with actual communication from historical records to put the settlement of the country and how it progressed into 'context'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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