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For 400 years - from the first Spanish assaults against the Arawak people of Hispaniola in the 1490s to the US Army's massacre of Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in the 1890s - the indigenous inhabitants of North and South America endured an unending firestorm of violence. During that time the native population of the Western Hemisphere declined by as many as 100 million people.

Indeed, as historian David E. Stannard argues in this stunning new book, the European and white American destruction of the native peoples of the Americas was the most massive act of genocide in the history of the world.

Stannard reveals that wherever Europeans or white Americans went, the native people were caught between imported plagues and barbarous atrocities, typically resulting in the annihilation of 95 percent of their populations. What kind of people, he asks, do such horrendous things to others? His highly provocative answer: Christians. Digging deeply into ancient European and Christian attitudes toward sex, race, and war, he finds the cultural ground well prepared by the end of the Middle Ages for the centuries-long genocide campaign that Europeans and their descendants launched - and in places continue to wage - against the New World's original inhabitants.

©1992 David E. Stannard (P)2017 Tantor

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"Carefully researched, [and] well-written...A provocative account for public and academic libraries." ( Library Journal)

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Most important book I never heard of

What did you love best about American Holocaust?

This book gives a graphic history of the horrors visited upon Native Americans by the Europeans, especially the Spanish. It has been sugarcoated in our revisionist history books.

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If you breathe air you need to read this. Words like genocide and Holocaust are not typically associated with American history, this book tells a different story.

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High octane!

I will not say I loved this well researched thought provoking book because of its gut wrenching yet insightful content. it is definitely not for the faint of heart. I am so into it that I started it again as soon as I finished. Books like these would cause you to look closely at the social, political, cultural, economic practices that we have been upholding even to this very moment. You will be left with the option to continue as before or to find ways to be different in your daily dealings. Highly recommended for those who are hungry for unpolished truth.

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A must.

I am angry and appalled and also very well informed. I came looking for the native's side of the invasion and was given that and more. Anyone, no, everyone should read or listen to this book .

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The history we weren’t told.

This book takes what is glossed over in most history classes focusing on the almost total change in what we call the americas in four hundred years from what it had been for thousands of years. 80 to 100 million indigenous settled folks were reduced to a few million. Many of those left were put to slavery.

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The most comprehensive true history of all the Americas

Amazing account of the true despicable history of the brutal colonization aka genocide of the 100 million native people who inhabited The Americas for thousands of years before the barbaric Europeans set foot and ‘discovered’ these sacred lands. I am appalled and embarrassed firstly at this true history and secondly at the fact that it was erased from history book and not taught in schools. I hope that this will all change soon and the true history will be taught in all schools so that the gruesome truth of how this continent was born will be known to all.

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Very well told history of the Americas

I give the narrator 10 stars. For a book of such heinous accounts this is told magnificently. Stannard sure knows how to write. In other hands and with another narrator this wouldn't work. I'm so glad I listened to it!

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If ever I'd recommend a book...

it's insane, but it took less than 5 minutes of this book to officially challenge my understanding of history.

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BONE CHILLING

The rose-colored record begins to be righted. When will these truths be shared on a wider scale, and replace the myths of American history taught to each schoolchild?

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Horrible truth

I was heart broken to learn about how harshly people treated people for greed and religious reasoning. The religious reasoning was to mask the greed and racism.