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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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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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    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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    11-27-09
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    "Could not finish this book"

    I loved the book "A Sorrow in our Heart - the life of Tecumseh". I thought that this would be similar, but the systematic killing of the Indian people with a complete lack of understanding of their way of life made me ill. It reminded me more of "Shake Hands with the Devil" - the story of the atrocities perpetrated in Rwanda.

    15 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 03-31-14
    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "The most tragic book I ever loved."

    My words can add little to this remarkable account of the destruction of a civilization and way of life.
    This book should be required reading for high school seniors. You will never feel the same about your country, or your government, or your way of life again. It is truth, after all, that sets us free.
    As for the production, Dee Brown's writing is excellent, and Grover Gardner is flawless. A very compelling story, presented in a very compelling way.
    Whether they prefer to read it or listen to to it, I will recommend this book to all my friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Los Altos, CA, United States 02-06-14
    Brenda Los Altos, CA, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Important work but hard going"
    What did you like best about Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee? What did you like least?

    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.


    Would you recommend Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but with a caveat that it is hard going.


    Did Grover Gardner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No--that is the central problem of the book. You don't get to know or understand individuals.


    Did Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee inspire you to do anything?

    Read "Empire of the Summer moon" again and look for other titles on similar subjects.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Lakewood, CO, United States 11-16-13
    Rebecca Lakewood, CO, United States 11-16-13

    Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!

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    "A Book that Changed Hearts and Minds"

    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".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 10-27-13
    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 10-27-13 Member Since 2013

    You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.

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    "Very troubling account from the Indian perspective"


    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael L Krogh Eden Prairie, MN United States 09-24-13
    Michael L Krogh Eden Prairie, MN United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "America's other original sin"

    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.

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    K. Cunningham Florida 07-16-13
    K. Cunningham Florida 07-16-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Heartbreaking"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ira Indianapolis, IN, United States 07-12-13
    Ira Indianapolis, IN, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "All Americans should read this book and be ashamed"
    Would you listen to Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deb New Milford, CT, United States 07-08-13
    Deb New Milford, CT, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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