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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,554 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Matthiessen Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On a hot June morning in 1975, a fatal shoot-out took place between FBI agents and American Indians on a remote property near Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in which an Indian and two federal agents were killed. Eventually, four members of the American Indian Movement were indicted on murder charges in the deaths of the two agents. Leonard Peltier, the only one to be convicted, is now serving consecutive life sentences in a federal penitentiary.

Behind this violent chain of events lie issues of great complexity and profound historical resonance. In this controversial book, Peter Matthiessen brilliantly explicates the larger issues behind the shoot-out, including the Lakota Indians’ historical struggle with the US government, from Red Cloud’s war and Little Big Horn in the nineteenth century to the shameful discrimination that led to the new Indian wars of 1970s.

This powerful book was censored and kept off the shelves for eight years because of one of the most protracted and bitterly fought legal cases in publishing history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An important and angry book that belongs on the shelf containing A Century of Dishonor, Custer Died for Your Sins, and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.”

    Wallace Stegner, New Republic

  • “A giant of a book…Indescribably touching, extraordinarily intelligent.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Meticulously researched…A courageous document.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A book of enormous importance…You have to believe that Crazy Horse would have loved its renegade spirit and unflinching reach for the truth.”

    Milwaukee Journal

  • “By the time I had turned the final page, I felt angry enough…to want to shout from the rooftops, ‘Wake up, America, before it is too damned late!’ For Matthiessen, in this extraordinary, complex work, powerfully propounds several large and disturbing themes which the white majority in America will ignore at extreme peril.”

    Washington Review

  • “Narrator Mark Bramhall can pronounce the extensive vocabulary of American Indian languages, and his voice brings to mind what modern Caucasians might imagine to be the speech patterns of eighteenth-century Native Americans trying to speak English.”


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Robin Eseny | 2/20/2014

    " Now I know why so many people hated the FBI after Waco and Ruby Ridge. And the American public is blissfully ignorant of what happened at Pine Ridge and Wounded Knee in the 70's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shannon | 2/20/2014

    " Loved it! Must read for people who like this genre. Matthiessen did a great job! This book isn't about Crazy Horse! ha! It's about AIM. It's about the seige at Wounded Knee in 1972-ish. The FBI, Russell Means, Leonard Peltier, Dennis Banks, etc...you know the players involved. If you never really understood what went on during that time, back on the rez, way back then, this is the book to read to make it all clear! Most of these people are still alive today. RIP Russell Means (Died Nov 2012). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chrissie | 2/2/2014

    " great book. fascinating topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Georgina Thynne | 2/2/2014

    " Very interesting book on the circumstances leading up to Native American,Leonard Peltier,'s imprisonment. "

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