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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Audiobook

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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    A.C. Chavez Lafayette, CO United States 04-20-15
    A.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
    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
    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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    Deloyce McKee 10-02-14 Member Since 2013
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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'.

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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

    No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.

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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.

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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.

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    Michael L Krogh 09-24-13
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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 2007
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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.

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    Ira Indianapolis, IN, United States 07-12-13
    Ira Indianapolis, IN, United States 07-12-13

    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!

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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! Usually listening to History these days. Love Will Durant most of all authors!

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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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