©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)
‘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.
I listen to books while working, it makes me want to get up an get to work especially when its a great book.
the historical facts are finally told out loud.
How the government did and still does treat Native Americans like dirt. I am French Indian and it burns me how they were treated.
All of it.
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.
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.
Sadness and boredom.
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.
The perspectives and stories of each individual Chief or tribe.
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.
The length of the book.
The entire 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.
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