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    DescriptionThe American West, 1860-1890: years of broken promises, disillusionment, war and massacre. Beginning with the Long Walk of the Navajos and ending with the massacre of Sioux at Wounded Knee, this extraordinary book tells how the American Indians lost their land, lives and liberty to white settlers pushing westward. Woven into a an engrossing saga of cruelty, treachery and violence are the fascinating stories of such legendary figures as Sitting Bull, Cochise, Crazy Horse and Geronimo. First published in 1970, Dee Brown's brutal and compelling narrative changed the way people thought about the original inhabitants of America, and focused attention on a national disgrace.


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    Title
    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
    Subtitle
    An Indian History of the American West
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Dee Brown
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099526407
    ISBN 10: 0099526409
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK, JFSL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBBW
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: ENGM2000, USAA5012
    DC22: 978.00497
    LC classification: E
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036010
    Libri: INDI1620
    BIC subject category V2: 3JH, 1KBBW
    Thema V1.0: NHK, WQH
    Illustrations note
    b/w, inset
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    01 March 1998
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Dee Brown spent the early part of his life in the lumber camps and oil fields of the American South West. He worked as a printer, journalist and a librarian, and has published numerous books, mostly non-fiction, dealing with the history of the American West. The tragedy of the American Indians haunted him from boyhood, when he first became aware of their fate, and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee was a product of many years research in an attempt to set the record straight. Dee Brown died in 2002, aged 94.
    Review quote
    "Original, remarkable and finally heartbreaking...Impossible to put down" New York Times "Shattering, appalling, compelling" Washington Post "An essential insight into modern America" Daily Telegraph "Calculated to make the head pound, the heart ache and the blood boil" The Times
    Review text
    A well-intentioned, weepy account of frontier wars against the American Indian. The scope of the book is more restricted than the subtitle suggests, dealing almost exclusively with the Fate of the Cheyenne and the Sioux between 1860 and 1890. Though amply researched, the narrative is excessively anecdotal and apart from the eloquent testimonials of the Indians themselves concerning their progressive disillusionment with the good faith of American treaty-makers, there is almost no sense of historical development. Every Indian warrior from Black Kettle to Sitting Bull is portrayed as a noble and pathetic soul while the American generals are simply butchers and sadists. Though Miss Brown perceives some differences between the appeasers and the radicals, her treatment of Indian nationalism lacks sophistication - thus for example, the glaring contrasts between Black Kettle, the white man's friend, and the militant Dog Soldiers who broke away from his authority, are neither stressed nor interpreted. Similarly, the crucial role of the half-breed as emissary between two civilizations is not sufficiently explored either in psychological or political terms. Between massacres, Miss Brown provides the background to such immortal American aphorisms as Custer's "the only good Indian is a dead Indian." A good book to read before taking off to see Soldier Blue. (Kirkus Reviews)