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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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    Leslie 10-08-12
    Leslie 10-08-12
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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.


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    Jill Bountiful, UT, United States 09-18-12
    Jill Bountiful, UT, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2014
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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.


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    A. Salazar 07-27-12
    A. Salazar 07-27-12
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    "Outstanding Native American History"
    What made the experience of listening to Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee the most enjoyable?

    The perspectives and stories of each individual Chief or tribe.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I learned that I didn't have much knowledge of Native Americans and their fight to preserve their way of life and how they were oppressed and exterminated by Americans by stealing their land thru broken treaties, natural resources, and eventually, stealing their lives. So sad. We owe them.


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

    The length of the book.


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

    The entire book.


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    "Could not finish this book"

    I loved the book "A Sorrow in our Heart - the life of Tecumseh". I thought that this would be similar, but the systematic killing of the Indian people with a complete lack of understanding of their way of life made me ill. It reminded me more of "Shake Hands with the Devil" - the story of the atrocities perpetrated in Rwanda.

    15 of 31 people found this review helpful
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