Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

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Dee Brown's eloquent, meticulously documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the nineteenth 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 forever changed our vision of how the West was really won-and lost.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2009
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781483066486
1483066487
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (14hr., 21 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Gardner, Grover
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Graysailorsteve
Sep 26, 2016

It WAS the first book to present this story from the Indian perspective. And I agree - it was hard to hear how the US government promised and broke it's promises over and over and over, ad nausem. So its kind of like torture to listen/read it. About chapter 5 you start yelling "don't believe it! they'll want your land later!" As usual, it was greed and racism that combined to cause issues. But we must put it into context, up until this time, there was probably no other time and place in thousands of years that EVEN OFFERED the 'conquered peoples' ANYTHING other than genocide. Seen any hittites lately? I thought not. So the mere fact that at least SOME of us were willing and interested in being kind and fair sets the US apart from any other country.

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IV27HUjg
Feb 10, 2016

Agree with other two reviews. Very disturbing, comprehensive history. Didn't care for voice & had to move to something else before returning. "I will fight no more forever." Chief Joseph

PimaLib_JessicaP Feb 01, 2016

I could never say that I loved this book. I didn't love this book. There were times I absolutely hated this book.

But I endured it. There was no way I couldn't.

I could never say this was a horrible book. This was an amazing book. It was fantastically written and well presented. There was no pedestal on which either party represented--the population of the United States and the peoples they interloped upon--was placed in regards to complete innocence or absolute evil. Even when there were people who were seriously, absolutely evil.

But it was hard. Two days straight of listening, I had to stop and walk away. Listen to music or silence for the rest of the day, and come back to try again the next day. Listening to something so tumultuously upsetting at my desk was probably not the best idea.

Read this book.

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RobertEMJ
Nov 20, 2014

Sorrowful.

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