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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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A Must Read For All Ages

Loved it, but it was quite long and at times a bit boring and wordy.

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A sad part of American history.

Our American history is always told from those on the winning side, but listening to the stories from the Indian side seriously changed my point of view. I always liked westerns but now those concerning Indians have a different taste to me. Good read beads to be taught so it can't ever be repeated.

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The Details of Madness

Leave it to the truth to break your heart. We all know "how the west was won" from our history books. This book gives a detailed account of the madness of treaties, gold discoveries, military escorts, and re-treaties that pushed the Native Americans back, back and then ultimately contained them.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.