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The Earth Is Weeping Audiobook

The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West

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With the end of the Civil War, the nation recommenced its expansion onto traditional Indian tribal lands, setting off a wide-ranging conflict that would last more than three decades. In an exploration of the wars and negotiations that destroyed tribal ways of life even as they made possible the emergence of the modern United States, Peter Cozzens gives us both sides in comprehensive and singularly intimate detail. He illuminates the encroachment experienced by the tribes and the tribal conflicts over whether to fight or make peace and explores the squalid lives of soldiers posted to the frontier and the ethical quandaries faced by generals who often sympathized with their native enemies. As the action moves from Kansas and Nebraska to the Southwestern desert to the Dakotas and the Pacific Northwest, we encounter a pageant of fascinating characters including Custer, Sherman, Grant, and a host of other military and political figures as well as great native leaders such as Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, and Red Cloud. For the first time, The Earth Is Weeping brings them all together in the fullest account to date of how the West was won.

©2016 Peter Cozzens (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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    "Good Book!"

    Very relevant and interesting read, especially considering today's events at Standing Rock. This is a history involving atrocities on both sides that everyone should know and learn from.

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    loved the information, point of view, and narration. . . . . didn't like a vocabulary lesson every 10 minutes

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    "Wonderful"

    Fantastic read, learned a lot heartbreaking!! Should be a required read at schools. Gets a lot of the false history we were told right.

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    Dennis United States 03-31-17
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    "Tragic and True"

    I live in the west, Colorado, and I am drawn to stories about the west and settlement of the west. This well written, well researched and well narrated book is one of the best books on the subject of the American west, the native Americans, the gold searchers, generals, officers, soldiers and frontiersmen. The story is tragic. The loss of life and brutality unimaginable but true. Both sides guilty of atrocities. Most native American tribes would have battled and slaughtered each other and the white man just added to the slaughter. Strength is in numbers and that was unfortunate for the Indians. A great history of the west. Recommended.

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    "This writer is very informative"

    This writer is very imformed historian on the American Indians. He also has shows on television

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    "Excellent detailed history of US conflict with Native Americans"

    I learned a great deal about the people and places involved in the 19th century clash of cultures played out across the expanses of the plains and western North American continent. The author engages the reader with the interesting personalities on both sides, from stubborn generals to Indian chiefs fighting for their people's existence. It was clear throughout that peaceful co-existence was unlikely, though I felt saddened by the thought that my ancestors could not find a way to make it work. This is a lesson for us today - failure to understand those who are different leads to violence and tragic suffering, often needlessly. Can we apply the lessons to our present day culture wars and find peace or are we destined to fight to the death?

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    Avidreader Ohio, USA 03-14-17
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    "Disorganized"

    I found that there was good information in this book, but found the lack of organization made it difficult to listen to. The author jumps around so often, it is hard to keep track of where and when he is describing.

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    "Fantastic!"

    The narrator is crystal clear in reading Cozzens work on how the West was ripped away out of indigenous hands. Gut wrenching piece of history - hopefully this work can be a call to action for self-determination and general reconciliation within the US.

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