Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

An Indian History of the American West

Book - 2007
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Immediately recognized as a revelatory and enormously controversial book since its first publication in 1971, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is universally recognized as one of those rare books that forever changes the way its subject is perceived. Now repackaged with a new introduction from bestselling author Hampton Sides to coincide with a major HBO dramatic film of the book, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is Dee Brown's classic, eloquent, meticulously documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the nineteenth century. A national bestseller in hardcover for more than a year after its initial publication, it has sold over four million copies in multiple editions and has been translated into seventeen languages.

Using 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 series of battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them and their people demoralized and decimated. 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 won, and lost. It tells a story that should not be forgotten, and so must be retold from time to time.

Publisher: New York : H. Holt & Co., 2007
Edition: 4th Owl Books ed.
ISBN: 9780805086843
0805086846
Branch Call Number: 978. 00497 BRO
Characteristics: xxv, 481 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

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RyMac92
Aug 23, 2017

Too much needless information and not enough of a narrative to hold it together. I was hoping for more details on Native American culture and how the American Indian survived and held together through their mass killing. It mostly just talks about all the murder and genocide without any nuance.

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johnbacich
Aug 22, 2017

The very notion that the Indian side of the story hasn't been told is absolutely beyond comprehension. The only side of the story being told for the last fifty years on TV, in movies, books, talk shows and the media has been the prejudiced, white hating Indian side. With complete disregard for facts and retelling flat-out myths, Dee Brown presents all Indians as noble humanitarians and Whites as blood thirsty monsters. It is unfortunate that so many on the left fall for this racist propaganda. But luckily, historians are starting to chart a truthful account that follows a middle road. There were blood thirsty monsters on both sides, and noble humanitarians too. Avoid the obviously partisan accounts of western history like this one, and find the real story in books like " Son of the Morning Star " by Evan S Connell.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 16, 2015

One of the most shameful episodes in American history was the displacement/murder of the Indians as the country expanded Westward in the 19th century. It's still rarely taught in schools and widely ignored in our culture, but it can't be ignored. Dee Brown's sympathetic, gripping, and ultimately heartbreaking book tells the story from the Indians' perspective, using first hand accounts to create a vivid portrait of a an entire population robbed of their land, honor, and sometimes lives. It's one of the saddest books you will ever read, but it is absolutely essential. Every American should read it and think about it.

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