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

    Audio-addict!!

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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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 03-28-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 03-28-13 Member Since 2011

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Full of broken promises"

    Very high level view of the plight of the Native American people up until Wounded Knee. It was a good read at a high level that can then be supplemented with books on Crazy Horse, Geronimo and others. It really short shifted Wounded knee and treated it more as a bookend then a defining moment in the history as implied with the title. For a good in death look at Wounded Knee see a Heather Richardson's book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Louis Valparaiso, IN, United States 03-25-13
    Louis Valparaiso, IN, United States 03-25-13
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    "were not the great country we think we are"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    great history lesson


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    favorite characters native, Americans their love of nature


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    yes,by being informative.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    nothing wrong great job.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    read to learn the truth story of evil.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Gresham, OR, United States 03-18-13
    Larry Gresham, OR, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Great Listen !!!"
    What did you love best about Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee?

    It is a rarely discussed subjectt of 19th century American History that is described to the reader by an even more rare voice...that of the Aboriginal American.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer USA 01-23-13
    Amazon Customer USA 01-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    What made the experience of listening to Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee the most enjoyable?

    If you are a history buff you will love this book. The book tells it like it was not just a bunch of cover up. Like most books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The names of all the chief you could walk in their foot steps all the way thru history.


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

    The excitement and the detail love to listen to these books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LaTu BROOKLYN, NY, United States 01-14-13
    LaTu BROOKLYN, NY, United States 01-14-13
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    If you could sum up Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed Informative Accurate!


    What other book might you compare Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee to and why?

    ?


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

    The Truth and Reality of America's Indian Population! !!!


    Any additional comments?

    I truly regret that I did not get to read this book earlier in life, to be more informed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Charlotte, NC, United States 01-02-13
    Jason Charlotte, NC, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Detailed Summary of the Native American"

    ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee’ is an general overview concerning the plight of the Native American in 19th Century America – nothing more, nothing less. If you are looking for a good history book that details the demise of the Native American Tribes, this is the book for you. If you are looking for a personal heart-felt narrative that focuses on the main players, this is not it.
    For the most part, I liked this book and I learned a lot about the struggles of the Native Americans. I had a hard time focusing on everything that was going on, but I got the general idea. After a while, the stories became a little repetitious. I listened to this book after listening to ‘Empire of the Summer Moon,’ a narrative of the Comanche Indians, so I was really ready to move on after listening to four sections of Native Americans versus inconsiderate white settlers.
    I was hoping to get a written version of the HBO movie with the same title. That story is in this book, but only in a general way. I wanted something a little more personal. I would have liked this book to focus on one particular tribe, really getting into their lives – the way they grew up, why they behaved a certain way, the way they interacted with one another… This isn’t that kind of book. This is simply a summary of the 19th Century Native American struggling and failing against the inevitable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Edwardsville, KS, United States 10-09-12
    Sandra Edwardsville, KS, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2009

    I listen to books while working, it makes me want to get up an get to work especially when its a great book.

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    "Made my blood burn"
    What made the experience of listening to Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee the most enjoyable?

    the historical facts are finally told out loud.


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

    How the government did and still does treat Native Americans like dirt. I am French Indian and it burns me how they were treated.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    It is so sad that a beautiful people, who cared about the enviorment and all peoples where treated like dirt, as everyone else in this country was receiving freedom. They were here first, what gave the English the right to come in and take their land, steal from the earth, it just goes on and on and still does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Pocono Pines, PA, United States 10-08-12
    Leslie Pocono Pines, PA, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Really boring."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It was just presented as facts - dates and events. I know it is non fiction but the only way I was able to get through it was by listening as I was driving.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Fiction


    Would you be willing to try another one of Grover Gardner’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness and boredom.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Bountiful, UT, United States 09-18-12
    Jill Bountiful, UT, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Profound and Powerful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee to be better than the print version?

    I found this book difficult to get through. It is profound, powerful, and infinitely sad. I am far more sensitive now to issues dealing with native americans. This was an education I needed, and think everyone should read. I read it because it is part of the Congressional Library's "88 Books that Shaped America" display this year.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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