©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)
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!
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
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.
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.
Hearing the history was difficult. It was like passing a bad accident, you know that you should not look, but you do.
I can't site just one. We did not keep any promises
The overall sadness stays with you. If your heart does not hurt after this, you are hardened.
A must read
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.
There were many
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.
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?
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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