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Publisher's Summary

Here is the story of Leonard Peltier and the FBI's war on the American Indian Movement.

On a hot June morning in 1975, a fatal shoot-out took place between FBI agents and American Indians on a remote property near Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in which an Indian and two federal agents were killed.

Eventually, four members of the American Indian Movement were indicted on murder charges in the deaths of the two agents. Behind this violent chain of events lie issues of great complexity and profound historical resonance, brilliantly explicated by Peter Matthiessen in this controversial book.

©1980 Peter Matthiessen (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A giant of a book...Indescribably touching, extraordinarily intelligent." ( Los Angeles Times)
"The first solidly documented account of the U.S. government's renewed assault upon American Indians that began in the 1970s." (Dee Brown, author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee)

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Must read for a true picture of america

An excellent audiobook. Very well read with great voices. Very thorough and detailed research excellently excellently presented by peter matthiassen. Thank you peter for doing all the work to bring this information into access of the public. And may america wake up to the injustices served to leonard peltier and recognize it as a great example of the true nature of the american "legal" system

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Seek truth. People don’t need to gain then hoard ridiculous wealth. They need strong community, clean water, air, and land.

As I write this review the Covid-19 virus is terrifying the world.
I hope that it makes us all reassess our value system. And realize a global economy is not the way to go and question what multi national banks and corporations are actually all about. They are the Destroyers of communities and the environment which have generated a amazing amount of propaganda in order for the wealthy to become wealthier.
We will all eventually change forms and therefore we should all realize that we are all part of something bigger.
Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.
Thank you to all those who stand tall against terrifying odds for the weak and the weary.
The government does not actually represent the people, it represents the wealthy minority who can afford to influence and direct it.
I love everything about this Audible book and I hope you listen to it.

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How is he still in jail?

I think anyone who reads this book will know the answer to my heading. the first two chapters are difficult to get through. however they give much needed information.

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Another Peter Matthiessen must read.

30 years after this book was published, including the epilogue, It continues to be essential reading. Thank you Peter Matthiessen.

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Good Story But Too Much Detail

Very interesting story on a matter that I had not previously heard of, but the book dives into way too much detail on minor points that might be important in a court case, but are not needed for the story or to believe the veracity of the author. Not only does the author state his bias, but it is clear from the start. I have hit the fast forward button several times and was amazed that it left no gaps in my understanding even though I zoomed through a good hour of audio at a time.

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Good story

Would you listen to In the Spirit of Crazy Horse again? Why?

Yes. It's a compelling history of government abuse of power

What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Local feel of desolation and the rough hewn life.

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Content awful and story embellished.

Struggled to accept authors viewpoint. Understand the parties described in this book were mistreated by the U.S Government. Don't believe enough blame associated with the victims identified in the book for their own actions. In any event, this story could have been told in 1/2 the time; very redundant!

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free leonard

it is tedious in its length, but all of the details are relevant and necessary if one is trying to understand that tragic event and the Native American struggle.

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Everyone needs to know this story!

This is the story of Leonard Peltier and his conviction for a crime he didn't commit. It's important for all of us to know the underhanded tactics used by the FBI and others that led to his conviction. He must be released from prison!

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Free Leonard Peltier!?!?

Tough question to decide upon, no matter how you feel about the issue. He has now spent the majority of his life behind bars for something he may or may not have done. Due to his advancing age, his health issues and basic life behind bars, he may not have much time left to let those of us on the outside work their magic and get clemency for Leonard.
I highly recommend this book to others, so that Leonard Peltier's case can be looked at and people chose for themselves is this a game our government is playing with his life or is he one of the most evil men the FBI has encountered and why they are so determined to keep him locked up?
Good luck on your journey.