©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)
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.
Yes, I was better able to listen to the story than to read the book. It was emotionally difficult for me to read on paper and I'd failed twice before to get through the book.
I felt like I was watching a war movie. Highly informative, though sad.
The character who I continue to think about is Mangas Coloradas. I was crushed at how violently and disrespectfully he was tortured and killed.
I was moved each and every time the book mentioned a chief being killed, land being stolen and sold for nearly nothing and the murders and mutilation of women and children.
Gut-wrenching information, but imperative to know this true history of the U.S.
It makes me doubly sad to watch present day news where men like Trump shows no respect or regard for history. Noone can turn back time, but please don't forget that history happened. Have a heart, my friends.
The material is solid and well researched, so would likely READ the book than listen to it.
As mentioned, the material is very interesting, though sad. I would look for more from this author.
To be frankly honest, hated the narration of this title. It was speed reading, and just rifling though the material. I would have preferred a Native American Indian reading this at a slower pace and with more personal investment in the material.
I have mixed feeling about this audio title. Felt it was not read well and the material was presented in a fact after fact manner. It was as if this was college text book.
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