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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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    Amazon Customer 01-23-13
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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 01-14-13
    LaTu 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 2013
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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 10-09-12
    Sandra 10-09-12

    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.

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    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 09-18-12
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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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