My Heart at Wounded Knee :
An Indian History of the American West
by Dee Brown
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Paperback Rep edition (March 1991) Henry Holt (Paper); ISBN: 0805017305
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is Dee Brown's eloquent,
fully documented account of the systematic destruction of the American
Indian during the second half of the 19th century. When it was first
published in 1971, both reviewers and the reading public responded first
with shock, then a deep sense of shame, calling it "shattering"
(Washington Post), and "heartbreaking" (The New York Times). It
went on to sell over a million copies in hardcover and four million copies
in paperback, and was translated into 15 languages around the world.
I wrote the following review almost 2 years ago, since then many others have written reviews and it is interesting to see that every one of them gave this book 5 stars (top ranking). If you can only afford to get one book about Native Americans I would recommend that this is the one to get. - Gloria
dragonfly_7 from London, England, wrote on August 23,
This book took me on a quest that lasted 16 years! I first read this book in 1981, when a friend showed it to me almost as soon as I set foot on American soil from England. From it I learned how awful the Native Americans had been treated in America, and I wanted to learn more, so I travelled around the country visiting Native people in their own homes and reservations. I made many wonderful friends, including my Dakota partner. The book doesn't lie, I have heard those same stories from the mouths of elders and young alike. Passed down through their families, the stories still live on. Dee Brown has written a book about these same stories, he does it in a way that makes us all sit and think. After reading the book again, it has the same effect on my soul, except now it is more personal as I have visited the places in the book and heard the voices too. I am back in England now, my quest has ended but my love for this book will never end. Read it and start your own quest off, please.