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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Audiobook

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

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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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    J. Scott Frampton 05-24-15
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    "A classic"

    One of the best ever when it comes to Native Americana and it's wonderful, sad, and interesting histories.

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    Kelly-Johnston 04-24-15
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    "Brilliantly written & somewhat upsetting"

    Before reading this I was unaware of how the USA had interacted with the various Indian nations. Upsetting & informative.
    Cheers.

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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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