Bury My Heat at Wounded Knee
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (1617)
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.
There is not a lot I can say about this "history" book. Some of it we have heard or read about over the years.
The first 12 pages of this book is more then heartbreaking. The people who came to this country were, in my opinion, truly "sick of mind"... sadly, some things never change. Greed.
Quoting from the book cover:
"Traditional texts glory in our nation's western expansion, the great conquest of the virgin frontier. But how did the original Americans... the Dakota, Nez Perce, Utes, Poncas, Cheyenne, Navaho, Apache, and others... feel about the coming of the white man, the expropriation of their land, the destruction of their way of life? What happened to Geronimo, Chief Joseph, Cochise, Red Cloud, Little Wolf, and Sitting Bull as their people were killed or driven onto reservations during decades of broken promises, oppression, and war?
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is a documented account of the systematic plunder, of the American Indians during the second half of the nineteenth century, battle by battle, massacre by massacre, broken treaty by broken treaty.Here for the first time is their side of the story. We can see their faces, hear their voices as they tried desperately to live in peace and harmony with the white man."
This is one of those rare books that will have to be pried out of my cold dead hands. That's all I can say.