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The Earth Is Weeping

The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West
Narrated by: John Pruden
Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
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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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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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A Frank and Sad Accounting

Deeply sad to realize the depths the USA government went to brutally destroy the lives, traditions, cultures and ultimately the pride and will of the various Indian Bands. All herded onto reservations, mingling historical enemies and treated as sub humans. Amazed to better understand the forces driving the near extention of the Bison and the relative short historical period that destroyed Indian Nations. Arc of story is rich in details...sometimes way too detailed regarding names of various Army commanders. Voice of narrator was grating if listened to him for long periods. author did deep research to produce fasanating book,. lowered my ratings because of level of details and voice of narrator.

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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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  • Dan
  • Maryland, United States.
  • 08-23-17

Ok overview of the Indian wars

Not as detailed as I would have liked. The author states that he was trying to give an alternative to burry my heart at wounded knee, and I guess he has but it’s a fairly high level overview of the Indian wars. Would have liked a bit more context rather than the seemely endless dates and events list

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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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An Nuanced, Riveting History of the Indian Wars

I came wanting a nuanced history of the Indian wars. I got all that and so much more. Thrilling from start to finish, deep in it's complexity, and uncompromising in it's stark portrayal of the conflicts that arouse between Indians, pioneering whites, and the US government, this book succeeds in breaking down the often mystified conquering of the West into it's more human elements. Highly recommended for readers who want a holistic approach to this complex chapter in American history.

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  • 12-04-18

Great Informative Read

Very informative for ones wanting more information about the different back stories that lead up to each war. Tears at the heart strings.