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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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    Vaughn 06-12-16
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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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    JA 05-22-16
    JA 05-22-16 Member Since 2010
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    "A truly excellent read"

    I am very glad to finally have heard the atory of America's westward expansion from the side of the native Americans. The stories are often sad, often maddening, but they are a part of American history that all Anericans should learn. unfortunately, few of us know more than to recite the names of a few of the most prominent chiefs, and perhaps the fact that Chief Sitting Bull joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West show.

    This native peoples' perspective should be added to the standard curriculum in American schools, but until that happens, we all have the opportunity to fill in some of the holes by reading or listening to this book.

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    mary 05-06-16
    mary 05-06-16 Member Since 2013
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    What made the experience of listening to Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee the most enjoyable?

    Hearing the history was difficult. It was like passing a bad accident, you know that you should not look, but you do.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee?

    I can't site just one. We did not keep any promises


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The overall sadness stays with you. If your heart does not hurt after this, you are hardened.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read

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    Ghengis Khan 04-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "America's own genocidal 'lebens raum'"

    This is the history and shame our children should learn of and atone for to the Indians that remain.

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    Rebecca 04-22-16
    Rebecca 04-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A Heart Breaking History"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. The story brings an understanding as to how and why the country and all citizens got to where we are today. There is a lot of heart break and a lot of greed that is disturbing. Historically we need to understand.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were many


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't say I had a favorite scene as there are so many historical battles that I wished never happened. All are good to know and understand.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    I have read a lot on Indian history but for some reason never read this book - published in the 70's! I found it moving and it made me better understand the Indian culture and the hardships they endured. I think our taking of land was to say the least, uneducated. I can't help but wonder how the US would have developed if we had chosen to learn from and partner with the Native Americans. Where would we be if we had better cared for all people, the environment, forests and animals from the beginning of America's settling?

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    Julie Driver Pittsburgh, PA United States 03-07-16
    Julie Driver Pittsburgh, PA United States 03-07-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Not what I was taught in history class!"

    First of all, I'd listen to Grover Gardner read the back of a cereal box. The story was heartbreaking; a telling of how the greed of our nation wiped out the indigenous peoples of this country.

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    ron perowne 02-06-16
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    "Worthwhile history lesson"

    North Americans students should be required to read this account as part of their schooling.

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    Kim Brazwell Westerville, Ohio United States 02-01-16
    Kim Brazwell Westerville, Ohio United States 02-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Heartbreaking but powerful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I was better able to listen to the story than to read the book. It was emotionally difficult for me to read on paper and I'd failed twice before to get through the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I felt like I was watching a war movie. Highly informative, though sad.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    The character who I continue to think about is Mangas Coloradas. I was crushed at how violently and disrespectfully he was tortured and killed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved each and every time the book mentioned a chief being killed, land being stolen and sold for nearly nothing and the murders and mutilation of women and children.


    Any additional comments?

    Gut-wrenching information, but imperative to know this true history of the U.S.

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    Bjørn H. Sandvik 08-12-15
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    "Tales everyone should listen to and understand."

    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.

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