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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: February 2010 ISBN: 9781455194568
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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.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 Chrissie | 2/2/2014

    " great book. fascinating topic. "

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

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 1/26/2014

    " I wanted to learn more about what has happened with the native americacn population in my lifetime, but the way this book is written I just can't get into this book. Don't think I'll finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ariane Michas | 1/23/2014

    " If you don't have enough reasons to be pissed at the govt. AND you want a salcious and fascinating summer read, this is an amazing book of mostly untold history. Find out how the West was lost. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharita | 1/23/2014

    " How much faith do you have in the American Government? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russell | 1/21/2014

    " Can't add anything new to what has been said before me. It was a task reading this book but. . . I am super glad I got through it. It is frustratingly long and also frustrating in content (in a good way.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 1/18/2014

    " In the Spirit of Crazy Horse thoroughly documents the account of the U.S. government's renewed assault on Native Americans. It is a testimony to a government of hypocrisy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristina | 11/21/2013

    " I read this a long time ago. This was an in depth look at events that occured at Pine Ridge reservation in 1975 that led to the wrongful conviction of Leonard Peltier, who still sits in prison today. Matthiessen is an amazing writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Terribili | 11/21/2013

    " I will review soon...needs time :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 11/15/2013

    " It's been years since I read it, but it's one of those books you remember. History that doesn't always get taught in the schools. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonna | 11/9/2013

    " My notation next to this book on my list is "INCREDIBLE". Matthiessen does a fabulous job telling the story of Crazy Horse. Insightful look at the Native Americans. Very well-told tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 10/19/2013

    " I was not aware of the battles still being fought by the Native Americans as little as 30 years ago. Free Leanord Peltier! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Stobaugh | 9/25/2013

    " This book changed my life. I was just graduating college and still questioning authority when I read it. Really left leaning, this book, but oh so wonderful and sad and a barn burner for human rights. Free Leonard Peltier!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 9/20/2013

    " I love this book. I marked it down to three stars only beacause I hated the man who claimed he was the killer, but wouldn't come forward in an attempt to release Leonard Peltier. Terrible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 9/7/2013

    " Superbly informative "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Hinz | 7/28/2013

    " Was very informative about the whole AIM movement and events I had never heard of on Pine Ridge "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mr.B | 5/1/2013

    " Nonfiction. Two words... Leonard Peltier. Two more words... Oglala Shoot-out. Two more words... FBI tampering. Enough said. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sbacchi33 | 2/28/2013

    " An extremely well researched and written account of what really happened on the Rosebud Reservation that led to Leonard Peltier's political imprisonment. This book should be required reading in American Government classes in every high school in America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 2/2/2013

    " Accurate look at history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clif Smith | 12/14/2012

    " A wonderfully written true story of Ameerican injustice. I haven't trusted the feds since I read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 11/18/2012

    " Amazing account of the U.S. government's suppression of the American Indian Movement in the 1970's, including the framing of Leonard Peltier. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Capp | 8/18/2012

    " It's very thoroughly researched, but I feel as though Matthiessen's biased, passionate voice often dominates an otherwise persuasive argument. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 6/1/2012

    " The story of Leonard Peltier and the FBI siege of Wounded Knee in 1975. Highly detailed, extremely engaging, but occasionally confusing due to poor editing and a narrative that tends to skip in time and character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/21/2012

    " The story about wounded knee, the American Indian Movement, Leonard Peltier, as told by an amazing writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 3/18/2012

    " I think my reading this book, amongst others, is why the F.B.I. rejected me after I passed their entrance exam with flying colors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliana Marez | 3/4/2012

    " Learned some history and confirmed some thoughts. It was interesting to hear about the ancestors and to know the rest of the story. I got this book for Christmas at Tim and Gogi's a few years back then passed it on. Good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 bbbbbbrr | 1/6/2012

    " Liked: lots of historical detail, attempts to give it a personal perspective of the participants. Disliked: much too partial for my taste, detail would seem less excessive if better organized "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Campbell | 11/2/2011

    " A documented account at the excruciating injustices brought upon Leonard Peltier and the Native American people during Nixon's and the FBI's war on AIM (the American Indian Movement), and the aftershock still affecting this country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Gibbons | 9/21/2011

    " It is harder for me to sleep at night knowing this man is still behind bars. Free Leonard Peltier! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 3/18/2011

    " A thorough documentation of Wounded Knee and the case of Leonard Peltier. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 9/2/2010

    " I wanted to learn more about what has happened with the native americacn population in my lifetime, but the way this book is written I just can't get into this book. Don't think I'll finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mr.B | 8/25/2010

    " Nonfiction. Two words... Leonard Peltier. Two more words... Oglala Shoot-out. Two more words... FBI tampering. Enough said. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 6/29/2010

    " I will review soon...needs time :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 6/24/2010

    " Amazing account of the U.S. government's suppression of the American Indian Movement in the 1970's, including the framing of Leonard Peltier. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 5/30/2010

    " This is the best book I have ever read as to the insight of what it must be like to be a lakota indian past and present. Must read for any american. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxanne | 2/8/2010

    " This book sparked my interest in the AIM and lead me to do my own research regarding the movement, the injustices, and the truth! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 11/29/2009

    " It's very thoroughly researched, but I feel as though Matthiessen's biased, passionate voice often dominates an otherwise persuasive argument. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliana | 10/20/2009

    " Learned some history and confirmed some thoughts. It was interesting to hear about the ancestors and to know the rest of the story. I got this book for Christmas at Tim and Gogi's a few years back then passed it on. Good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clif | 10/18/2009

    " A wonderfully written true story of Ameerican injustice. I haven't trusted the feds since I read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casschwich | 9/28/2009

    " It is sobering what our government can do to an individual. If I had read this before 9/11 I wouldn't have believed it, but now Matthiessen's premise that Leonard Peltier was not given a fair trial is all too believable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travula | 6/18/2009

    " Every American should read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgina | 4/5/2009

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

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About the Author
Author Peter Matthiessen

Peter Matthiessen (1927–2014) was the author of more than thirty books, including the New York Times bestseller The Snow Leopard. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1974. He was cofounder of the Paris Review and won two National Book Awards, the 2000 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities, and the 2010 Spiros Vergos Prize for Freedom of Expression.

About the Narrator

Mark Bramhall has won eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been a finalist for the Audiobook Publishers Association’s prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been named by Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine among their “Best Voices of the Year” in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.