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Author: Kent Nerburn Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2018 ISBN: 9781977381408
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Hidden in the shadow cast by the great western expeditions of Lewis and Clark lies another journey every bit as poignant, every bit as dramatic, and every bit as essential to an understanding of who we are as a nation—the 1,800-mile journey made by Chief Joseph and eight hundred Nez Perce men, women, and children from their homelands in what is now eastern Oregon to Montana. There, only forty miles from the Canadian border and freedom, Chief Joseph, convinced that the wounded and elders could go no farther, walked across the snowy battlefield, handed his rifle to the US military commander who had been pursuing them, and spoke his now-famous words, “From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.”

Drawing on four years of research, interviews, and twenty thousand miles of travel, Nerburn takes us beyond the surrender to the captives’ unlikely welcome in Bismarck, North Dakota, their tragic eight-year exile in Indian Territory, and their ultimate return to the Northwest. Nerburn reveals the true, complex character of Joseph, showing how the man was transformed into a myth by a public hungry for an image of the noble Indian and how Joseph exploited the myth in order to achieve his single goal of returning his people to their homeland.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nerburn has done a remarkable job of research in telling the thus far untold story of Chief Joseph…A poignant, touching tale.”

    Howard Zinn, bestselling author of the The People’s History of the United States

  • “Nerburn deftly records a dark chapter of forced diaspora and forgotten promises—one as engrossing as a novel.”


  • “A masterful job of recreating this tragic story.”

    National Catholic Reporter

  • “A fine book full of fresh insights.”

    Robert M. Utley, author of The Lance and the Shield

  • “Everyone should read this book, so that the world will know of the crimes and atrocities committed against the Nez Perce people.”

    Leonard Peltier, author of Prison Writings and My Life is My Sundance

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About the Author

Kent Nerburn, a two-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award, has authored sixteen books on spirituality and Native American subjects. He holds a PhD with distinction from Graduate Theological Union and the University of California at Berkeley and has lived and worked among Native American communities for three decades.

About the Narrator

Malcolm Hillgartner is an accomplished actor, writer, and musician. Named an AudioFile Best Voice of 2013 and the recipient of several Earphones Awards, he has narrated over 175 audiobooks.