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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West | [Dee Brown]

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

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.
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Publisher's 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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Cliff Frinton on Sea, United Kingdom 06/05/2012
    Cliff Frinton on Sea, United Kingdom 06/05/2012
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    "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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ciaran Guildford, United Kingdom 01/11/2013
    Ciaran Guildford, United Kingdom 01/11/2013 Member Since 2011

    Love books, don't like reading. Now I've read more books in 2 years than in all my life !

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    "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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff Frinton on Sea, United Kingdom 23/01/2013
    Cliff Frinton on Sea, United Kingdom 23/01/2013 Listener Since 2009

    Has lived in Essex with his wife Margaret and two sons since becoming a Free Church minister in 1984. Has recently recorded the whole Bible!

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    "I learned so much"

    Great yarn with lots of nuggets of interesting information. Loved the narrator too. Whilst it was great entertainment I found it very educational too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah GLASGOW, United Kingdom 16/09/2013
    Sarah GLASGOW, United Kingdom 16/09/2013 Member Since 2009
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    This was pretty dry, but that's understandable as it played out like a text book. It did get to the stage where you were like, "Can these poor guys not get a break?". The government either cheated the Indians into giving up land or promised them ownership only to take it away again.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Reginald
    BRATTLEBORO, VT, United States
    17/08/12
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    "A wrenching introduction to this history."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee to be better than the print version?

    Having never read the print version, I couldn't say.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't change anything.


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

    It's a compassionate and sympathetic reading. Like all audiobooks it can really express that 3rd or 1st person narrative in a way that reading print does not. There's less projection of the reader into the text.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not have an extreme reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    If a person is unfamiliar with the history of Native Americans and their relationship with the first generations of European settlers, this book is an absolute must-read. It is a history of peoples and societies utterly rent from lands lived upon for thousands of years, by a wholly alien invasion. It is sympathetic to aboriginal Americans, but certainly not unfair to the Europeans whose ingress unto the American continent meant the end of an epoch.



    Those familiar with the history of Native American and early Europeans may find this book dated, and overly simplistic. Much progress has been made in telling the story of Native Americans since Brown published this book in 1970, but this criticism is really the ultimate compliment to an author and book that set a standard for examining US history with deep scrutiny, while challenging readers and fellow historians to dig deeper. In subsequent years, the body of literature about these topics has expanded exponentially and some of Browns most controversial theses are now accepted wildly, if not universally, but those who engage regularly with the problem of US History.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Che Denine
    19/03/12
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    "Great factual account, albeit a bit repetitive"
    Where does Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Top 10%


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee?

    Black Kettle's forthright position, and his subsequent betrayal.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is a fine work. Although it feels like repetition in the accounts of the U.S. Army massacres, I suppose there is no other way to drive the point home in a brutally frank manner - the repetition in the book exists because the repetition in history exists - the

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jonnie
    Panama City, FL, United States
    02/05/10
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    "History from a Native perspective"

    I've read this book twice so when I saw it in Audible I jumped at it. It did not disappoint for my third go around. Very engaging yet sad as to how we treated the Native peoples.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Rich
    United States
    30/07/12
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Marcelo
    Sao Paulo, Brazil
    17/01/11
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    "It's a sad, well written story."

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • steve
    kearny, NJ, United States
    12/11/12
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    "So Sad"

    Great book, even better book for those who enjoy learning about American history and even better for those who are interested in learning about how the Natives were raped, slaughtered and had their land stolen from them. I especially enjoyed how each chapter began with a brief time line of what was going on in terms of history and curent events during those specific years that the book is discussing. Excellent narrator too! He did a great job in reading this book and captivated the listener. There was so much great information in this book, I will definitely need to listen to it again just to try to digest everything.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • JAMES
    WASILLA, AK, United States
    26/02/12
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    "Touching"

    I never knew what really happened to the Indians when they encountered the White man. They sure took it hard from the Military. I will be listening to this story again.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bobbijo
    toronto, ON, Canada
    05/11/12
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    "Many nights sleep lost due to great book"
    What made the experience of listening to Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee the most enjoyable?

    40 years after being written, it is still very relavant, and helpful to gain a historical perspective that is not commonly discussed in the mainstream. The book was well written, well read, and very specific, rather than having a pan-American Indian style of generalizing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This book is full of many real life heroes, why pick only one.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    NA


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

    Many.


    Any additional comments?

    I have had this book on my wish list of reads for years, and even bought a couple copies but never got around to it (as I don't have much time to sit down and read), but thanks to it being available on audiobook, I have finally listened to it, and was not dissapointed at all. I lost many nights sleep due to not being able to "put it down" (what is the listening version to that term?). I have no doubt that I will re-read/listen to this book a few more times in my life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    HUGO, MN, United States
    10/09/12
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    "Not As Dry As You Might Think!"

    I have been in my "Native American" reading phase and usually I read a lot of historical fiction to learn about cultures. But because this is actually part of MY culture (so says the family tree, though nothing I've grown up with and not obvious by looking at my generation) I thought I would check out some actual history. I am tentative when reading history - it can be so boring. That's why I like historical fiction.

    This book was not as "good" or interesting or readable as, say, David McCullough, but really, that's a pretty high standard. This is what I can say about the book - I am glad I listened to it or I might not have finished. But I DID listen to it, and sometimes rewound to listen again if I got lost in the bunch of names. THEN when I went on to read (and listen to) other books about the same people and era, I recognized a lot of what was going on...so even though it wasn't as "fun" to read as fictionalized accounts, I did actually learn. And cry at the end...THAT never happened in school history class!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • LORI
    YUBA CITY, CA, United States
    16/12/11
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    "Couldn't finish!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It sounds like the narrator is on fast forward! Very unpleasant to listen to!


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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