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Oh What a Slaughter: Massacres in the American West, 1846 - 1890 Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Oh What a Slaughter: Massacres in the American West, 1846 - 1890 (Unabridged), by Larry McMurtry
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.25 (184 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry McMurtry Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Oh What a Slaughter, Larry McMurtry has written a unique, brilliant, and searing history of the bloody massacres that marked, and marred, the settling of the American West in the 19th century, and which still provoke immense controversy today.

Here are the true stories of the West's most terrible massacres: Sacramento River, Mountain Meadows, Sand Creek, Marias River, Camp Grant, and Wounded Knee, among others. These massacres involved Americans killing Indians, but also Indians killing Americans, and, in the case of the hugely controversial Mountain Meadows Massacre in 1857, Mormons slaughtering a party of American settlers, including women and children.

McMurtry's evocative descriptions of these events recall their full horror, and the deep, constant apprehension and dread endured by both pioneers and Indians. By modern standards the death tolls were often small, Custer's famous defeat at Little Big Horn in 1876 was the only encounter to involve more than 200 dead, yet in the thinly populated West of that time, the violent extinction of a hundred people had a colossal impact on all sides. Though the perpetrators often went unpunished, many guilty and traumatized men felt compelled to tell and retell the horrors they had committed. From letters and diaries, McMurtry has created a moving and swiftly paced narrative, as memorable in its way as such classics as Evan S. Connell's Son of the Morning Star and Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Dave-O | 1/1/2014

    " Almost telegraphic writing and paltry thin chapters make the entire book feel like an introduction. It might very well be a not-bad intro to the various American battles highlighted, but the author gets a "D" for effort nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Shonda Wilson | 12/31/2013

    " This book is amazing, it is a very quick read, I urge anyone to read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Tom | 11/20/2013

    " A succint overview of key Native American massacres. Not particularly enlightening, but interesting nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Jim | 8/10/2013

    " A decent introduction to some of the massacres that occured during the struggle for the West. Should ignite further research by readers. The writing is not up par with his novels, and is a bit repetitive, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. "

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About the Author
Author Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry is an award-winning novelist, essayist, Oscar-winning screenwriter, and avid book collector. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, and Lonesome Dove, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

About the Narrator

Michael Prichard has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and several AudioFile Earphones Awards. Named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine, he holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.