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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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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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Great read

The author did a great job of telling the stories from a neutral perspective; I really appreciated that

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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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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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Great listen with one hitch

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

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Unbelievable, eye opening, and raw.

So much of this history has been swept under the rug, but every American owes it to themselves to hear the stories.

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Sad Stain on our Past

The book is very well researched. The narrator couldn't have been better. Difficult to listen to at times simply from the horror inflicted on the native people of this country. But it's important to not forget what our ancestors did. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

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History of the great American West.

I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to get the inside story of how the American Indian evolved over about a 12,000 year time span. Specifically from the westward expansion.

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Best book on the Indian Wars:

What did you love best about The Earth Is Weeping?

The book is balanced, well written, and engrossing. Once I started reading, I could not put it down.

Who was your favorite character and why?

In a way, the author, for his balanced and disciplined approach to history.

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

He seems like a young man, and this is appropriate to the age of many of the characters of this history.

Any additional comments?

Buy it today, make sure, if you are a parent, that this book is in your children's school libraries.