Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

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Information: 445 pages, paperback

They say: The American West, 1860 to 1890 - 30 years of broken promises, disillusionment, wars and massacre. This epic best-seller tells the Native Americans' side of the story. We see their faces and hear their stories as they strive to prevent the encroachment of miners, ranchers, saloon-keepers and soldiers upon their land, their heritage and, finally, their liberty. Woven into an engrossing saga of cruelty, treachery and violence are the fascinating stories of such famous warriors and tribal chieftains as Sitting Bull, Cochise, Crazy Horse and Geronimo.

'Calculated to make the head pound, the heart ache and the blood boil.' - The Times
'Impossible to put down.' - New York Times

We say: This is the definitive account of what really happened to the Native American people at the hands of white settlers who took without asking, and made promises that were mostly broken. It is as much a history book as a story. A captivating book.

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  • 5
    Deserves its place in history

    Posted by Vernon Marshall on 3rd Mar 2010

    This is a wonderful, moving and extremely informative account of the decline of the Native American tribes within the United States of America. It is a very well researched book and contains fascinating information that has bypassed most readers and students of American history. It is not an easy read. In chapter after chapter we read of the constant treachery and lies inflicted upon the tribes from white settlers, many of whom are recorded as national heroes. The tribes foolishly trusted the promises of political and military leaders who allowed them land on which to live, only then to remove them when valuable natural resources were thought to be available there.

    The tribes were treated appallingly. Great chiefs are listed, and are dealt with more accurately and more sympathetically than common legend. The last chapter is the most painful to read, dealing with the massacre of the great Sioux nation at Wounded Knee. That this happened at Christmas time makes the reading more poignant, And indeed, more shameful.

    This is the best book I have ever read about the native American tragedy. At over 400 pages it is a very worthy buy. Each chapter begins with a potted history, and puts the events of that chapter into its global context. There are photographs of native chiefs and tribal chants, together with its associated music. This is truly a great book and deserves its place in history.