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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Audiobook

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

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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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    Bruce Fort Pierce, FL, United States 03-21-16
    Bruce Fort Pierce, FL, United States 03-21-16 Member Since 2016

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    "A must read!"

    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

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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!

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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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    LORI YUBA CITY, CA, United States 12-16-11
    LORI YUBA CITY, CA, United States 12-16-11 Member Since 2016

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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!


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    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 05-22-13
    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2010

    audio addict! Mostly interested in history and some historical fiction. Will Durant is my all time favorite. Loving the Great Courses too.

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    "Most important American History book ever written."

    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.

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    Brian L Whitlach 07-29-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Finally the truth of a Nation Apart"

    A story that absolutely needed to be told!! The history books in school do NO justice to the story of these people. The author and oratory eloquently present the sad tale. Unfortunately, today the Native Americans are still mistreated and our "government" still fails to make the effort necessary to help the people the almost destroyed!

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    Steven 07-27-16
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    "Didn't feel like a balanced account"

    The language used by the author indicated a clear bias toward the Indian perspective. This may well be justified given the events recounted by the author, but it felt like a heavy-handed attempt to manipulate the opinion of the reader. Grover Gardner 's narration bordered on monotone

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    Vaughn 06-12-16
    Vaughn 06-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very disturbing"

    It is very disturbing to listen to this dark period of human rights abuses that is a part of American History. The book was well written and the narrator was excellent. I hope that people can listen or read and learn to avoid similar atrocities in the future.

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    AmyLyn72 06-02-16
    AmyLyn72 06-02-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good for History Buffs"

    I liked the book, but it made me upset because of the way the government broke so many promises and treaties with the Native American people.

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