©1970 Dee Brown; Preface 2000 by Dee Brown; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Original, remarkable, and finally heartbreaking....Impossible to put down." (New York Times)
"Shattering, appalling, compelling....One wonders...who indeed were the savages." (Washington Post)
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!
It sounds like the narrator is on fast forward! Very unpleasant to listen to!
Read this book years ago and loved the history but could not lisdsten to narrator, he was so abrasive. Very dissapointed.
It makes me doubly sad to watch present day news where men like Trump shows no respect or regard for history. Noone can turn back time, but please don't forget that history happened. Have a heart, my friends.
The material is solid and well researched, so would likely READ the book than listen to it.
As mentioned, the material is very interesting, though sad. I would look for more from this author.
To be frankly honest, hated the narration of this title. It was speed reading, and just rifling though the material. I would have preferred a Native American Indian reading this at a slower pace and with more personal investment in the material.
I have mixed feeling about this audio title. Felt it was not read well and the material was presented in a fact after fact manner. It was as if this was college text book.
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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