American Holocaust

The Conquest of the New World
Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: History, Americas
4.5 out of 5 stars (77 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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

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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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Required

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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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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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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UNRELENTING AND UNFLINCHING

If Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee was an indictment of the American government and settlers to the slaughter and capture of native N. American peoples, American Holocaust paints an even more sinister, far deadlier picture of brutal genocide perpetrated by wealth hungry Spain. This is not a text for the meek..describing all manners of cruel punishments, death and disease brought to the Americas by European civilized ancestors accounting for a toll that makes Nazi death camps seem quaint and forgiving.

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Surprisingly Poor

I have been doing a push through many titles on this topic recently. I was surprised by how poor this book was. The first half of the book is good. It offers a narrow perspective but you kind of going into a title like American Holocaust expecting that. The second half just lost me though. The author goes way off the rails talking about the history of Christianity and Europe. I could understand if he was setting up to explain something but I realized there was more time spent on Christian sexual repression in the middle ages (second half of the book) than on the entire destruction of the Mayan people (part of the first half). I was expecting much more.

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a must read .

one of the most important books anyone could ever read. let us not repeat the past.

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Astonishing

There’s not a person alive, today, that shouldn’t know about the data in this book. It’s Very powerful information.