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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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    Shane 02-10-17
    Shane 02-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Nothing but the truth!"

    Nuff said! This is the definitive Indian history of the Old West! True and accurate!

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    Torper5 01-31-17
    Torper5 01-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The heart breaks"

    Over and over again , my heart was broken as I listened to the horror of the stories contained in this book. Let us never forget how gracious and kind native Americans are. Surely there are bad seeds among us all, but of all the peoples who have called this country home , it is the native Americans who seem to be the most kind hearted sensible peoples one could ever hope to encounter. History tells us that people often fear the unknown , the American Indian seemed to embrace it. I have no doubts were these stories reserved that much mercy would have been shown to the immigrants of America. I am not religious , but I hope that the great spirit has something wonderful in store for the truly noble peoples; the Native American Indians.

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    Gean Bell 01-14-17
    Gean Bell 01-14-17
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    "Sad"

    The story is heart wrenching.
    How could this happen?
    How did we have the right to come to another country and take over, driving the people born here into smaller and smaller, poorer and poorer lands?
    Killing them.
    Killing their horses? Why?

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    Mona Essary 01-09-17
    Mona Essary 01-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "To slow to follow"
    What would have made Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee better?

    The story is read too slow to follow.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Native american history


    Would you be willing to try another one of Grover Gardner’s performances?

    NO! His voice is annoying.


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    Matthew 12-15-16
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    "Listen."

    Listen and learn so that we do not repeat ourselves. The stories of selfish and caring and misinformed and misunderstood people are contained in these words. Listen.

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    T. Powers 11-18-16
    T. Powers 11-18-16
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    "Deeply moving and informative"

    I did love this book but also struggled to finish due to the devastating tragedy that was unfolding. Although it was many years ago, the aftereffects are very much with us today. I cannot look at Mount Rushmore without being reminded of the treachery that brought us untold riches while destroying another's culture. Hard truths of which every American should be aware.

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    Thomas E. Tudor Evans, GA 11-08-16
    Thomas E. Tudor Evans, GA 11-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Critical Knowledge for all Americans"

    Well read, incredibly well written. One if the life changer series of highly recommended reads reads in my library and especially for American, Canadian and Mexican citizens. Colonization steam rolling over the property rights of other human beings oversimplifies the vastly complex tragic saga of this enlightening compilation.

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    "Bury my heart at wounded knee"

    Great book very informative. Exiting to hear about the different tales and background of the many native tribes that once roamed the north American lands.

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    Kong Anchorage 10-20-16
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    "Open eyes"

    The Dakota pipeline protest opened my eyes to the American nation has done and continues to do to the American natives. History repeats it self. ✊🏽

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    Solomon G. New York, NY United States 10-16-16
    Solomon G. New York, NY United States 10-16-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Like a Holocaust book"
    Any additional comments?

    I'd never been assigned this book, nor any comparable text, in school or university. So this was my introduction to the full breadth of the US Government's campaign against Native Americans. This terribly sad, deeply researched and clearly written account describes genocide pure and simple. Should be required reading for all Americans.

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  • Cliff
    Frinton on Sea, United Kingdom
    5/6/12
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    "Beautiful inspiring history"

    Beautiful book read very well. Full of irony and pathos. The famous names jump out to inject life into the words whilst the reminder of so many thousands of anonymous brave men and women who were simply trying to live their lives in their country!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ciaran
    Guildford, United Kingdom
    11/1/13
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    "What an awesome story"
    Where does Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is probably the best book I've read this year and I'm now searching to know more about the history of the native Indian Americans.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book knitted together many different parts of the varied history of the push west, the treaties, the broken treaties, the bloodshed, the desire for peace and living together which never truly appeared until the Indian was virtually wiped off the map.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Grover Gadrner's reading was very effective and told a story rather than just read the book. It made for really good listening.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I couldn't listen to the book for more than an hour at a time it was so dreadfully sad but it fully engaged me each time and I wanted to listen to more, I didn't want the story to end. One of the sadest parts of the story was when soldiers hanged 38 Indians in one execution and they went to their deaths as if horrible and early death was an expected part of their lives. How horrible that we let this happen because of our greed.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cliff
    Frinton on Sea, United Kingdom
    1/23/13
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    "I learned so much"

    Great yarn with lots of nuggets of interesting information. Loved the narrator too. Whilst it was great entertainment I found it very educational too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mark h
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    "How greed killed a peoples"

    Amazing story from the true Americans. How through "rascally" ways white settlers and successive government ignored treaties and broke promises to steal Indian land and lives. To hear the voices of those Indians who's names have become legends as evil savages and how they where in fact great leaders pushed to extremes.

    I could not stop listening to this book and spent long nights listening to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Acapella
    Cornwall, UK
    9/29/14
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    "Sad, sad story"

    The litany of Indian names give haunting beauty to this sad and illuminating story of their demise. Something everyone especially the Americans should know about.

    Probably best not to read this book at a time when you need cheering up.

    The author often quotes what the Indians said in conference with the US officials. But also what they said to one another, when no stenographer would have been present. So as a piece of history it would have been interesting to know more about the sources the author drew upon.

    Similarly, more about the politics between the Indians would be interesting to know. They weren't always on good terms with each other, to put it mildly.

    But I guess these are subjects for a different book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • p.new
    Swindon, Wiltshire, England
    3/21/17
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    "An important work"

    A litany of betrayal and murder, a catalogue of atrocities. Difficult but essential reading.

    Everyone should, at some point, read this book and take a moment to think how the modern world is built on the blood and bones of innocent people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr Nik Jewell
    3/15/17
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    "'The Only Good Indians I Ever Saw Were Dead'"

    Even though, 40 years after this book was first published, we are now familiar with the events that took place in the American mid-West in the nineteenth century, listening to this was both shocking and saddening.

    It is one long tale of continually broken treaties, of moving the native Americans out of their homelands to poor land, and then on to even worse land, again and again, where they would be unable to sustain themselves and become dependent on government handouts from corrupt agents. Any who didn't want to move would just be annihilated without compunction or conscience. There were a few brave stands by the native Americans along the ways, temporary victories, but these just proved to be short lived stays of execution.

    Dee Brown's telling of the tale is well-researched, beautifully written and the narration by Grover Gardener is excellent. Despite the anger and sadness that the book provokes I found it compelling and hard to stop listening.

    I note amongst the reviews by our American cousins that some readers seem genuinely surprised by learning of these events in their country's past but then I guess that I didn't learn much about the sordid history and atrocities in Britain's colonial past when I was at school either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Zippo
    12/22/16
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    "Awesome"

    The united states treatment of its indigenous people....surely must rate as the most grevious crime in all of humanity
    This book...beautifully read incidently...will make your heart weep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gary
    yorkshire
    10/6/16
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    "the alians have landed."

    always sticks in my mind heard a saying once if the alians landed on earth they would do want the americans did to the Indians ?
    brilliant way it was writen made a history lesson enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • t.baruch
    9/9/16
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    "intresting starter for further reading"
    What did you like most about Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee?

    would recommend this book.


    Has Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee put you off other books in this genre?

    no


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    the killing of custer


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the way the Indian number were reduced, through continues killing chasing and general murder ...


    Any additional comments?

    On the bones of the Indians a great nation was built.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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