Summary

Dee Brown's eloquent, meticulously documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the 19th 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 changed forever our vision of how the West was really won - and lost.
©1970 Dee Brown; Preface 2000 by Dee Brown (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"Original, remarkable, and finally heartbreaking....Impossible to put down." ( New York Times)
"Shattering, appalling, compelling....One wonders...who indeed were the savages." ( Washington Post)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Cliff on 06-05-12

Beautiful inspiring history

Beautiful book read very well. Full of irony and pathos. The famous names jump out to inject life into the words whilst the reminder of so many thousands of anonymous brave men and women who were simply trying to live their lives in their country!

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ciaran on 01-11-13

What an awesome story

Where does Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is probably the best book I've read this year and I'm now searching to know more about the history of the native Indian Americans.

What did you like best about this story?

The book knitted together many different parts of the varied history of the push west, the treaties, the broken treaties, the bloodshed, the desire for peace and living together which never truly appeared until the Indian was virtually wiped off the map.

What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Grover Gadrner's reading was very effective and told a story rather than just read the book. It made for really good listening.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I couldn't listen to the book for more than an hour at a time it was so dreadfully sad but it fully engaged me each time and I wanted to listen to more, I didn't want the story to end. One of the sadest parts of the story was when soldiers hanged 38 Indians in one execution and they went to their deaths as if horrible and early death was an expected part of their lives. How horrible that we let this happen because of our greed.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rich on 30-07-12

A classic in every sense of the word...

Dee Brown has written some other quality books, but he would deserve a reputation as one of the more readable historians on America's 19th century even if he had never written another word. A true classic, the perspective of which was long overdue when it appeared, this book was as moving for me this year - expertly narrated by Grover Gardner - as it was years ago when I first read it for myself. The shameful treatment of native-American tribes by officials of the federal government at the highest levels, and by the military, should be impossible for any decent person to defend - if considered from the native side. No one has ever presented that side as well as Brown. His research is wide-ranging and his writing is effective. This book is a true paradigm-shifter. No one with an interest in U.S. history should fail to read or hear it.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Marcelo on 17-01-11

It's a sad, well written story.

It's the same cycle over and over again. So sad...
Very good book, I recommend it.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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