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

6 Ratings: 3.7
A book by Dee Brown

First published in 1970, this extraordinary book changed the way Americans think about the original inhabitants of their country. Beginning with the Long Walk of the Navajos in 1860 and ending 30 years later with the massacre of Sioux men, women, and … see full wiki

Author: Dee Brown
Genre: American History
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
5 reviews about Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian...
review by . July 16, 2008
Weight of evidence builds to the sad but inescapable conclusion of Wounded Knee. Brown lays to rest any romantic notions of misunderstood white paternalism toward Native Americans, and leaves the reader feeling the immutable burden of a race war against the Native Americans that was akin to that against black slaves.    The saddest part is that nothing can be done to change or redeem the history. No amount of sorrow, or guilt-feeling, or even reparations can restore justice.   &nb …
review by . August 14, 2010
I originally read this book back in my freshman year of college for an American history class.  I wasn't expecting or prepared for what I read.  I was, perhaps naively, expecting something dry, a typical historical text.  What I read was something passionate, powerful and even life-changing.     I'd always considered myself sympathetic to the plight of the original American Indians, but the story Dee Brown tells, backed up by facts, historical records and personal …
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
What an awesome alternate history compilation. Anyone who wants to see the other side of the Old West, the other side of cowboys and indians, this is a must read. It's a bit slanted against the white-man, but none more than traditional American history has been slanted for the white-man. They say the victors write the history books; well this book is a victory for the other side.
review by . March 26, 2009
The strength of "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" is also its weakness: Its commitment to telling an ugly truth about American history so searing as to become numbing after a while.    It's impossible to consider fairly this, Dee Brown's 1971 examination of the Indian Wars of the American West, without remembering how much it cut against what was then still the mainstream thinking and literature regarding just what happened. The Indians were often bloodthirsty, it was alleged, …
review by . March 16, 2000
I have never before read a book like this. It is utterly fascinating, a real page turner, and yet it makes you ashamed of something that happened many years before your birth. Ashamed because you know that similar things are happening elsewhere in the world, and ashamed becuase we never seem to learn from our mistakes.On a lighter note this is a meticulous essay on a life long lost, and country unspoiled and beautiful, and a world we will never be lucky enough to know.If you only read one book in …
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