In the bestselling
tradition of Empire of the Summer Moon, this is the untold story of Red
Cloud, the most powerful Indian commander of the Plains who witnessed the
opening of the West.
The great Oglala
Sioux chief Red Cloud was the only Plains Indian to defeat the United States
Army in a war, forcing the American government to sue for peace in a conflict
named for him. At the peak of their chief’s powers, the Sioux could claim
control of one-fifth of the contiguous United States. But unlike Sitting Bull, Crazy
Horse, or Geronimo, the fog of history has left Red Cloud strangely obscured.
Now, thanks to painstaking research by two award-winning authors, his
incredible story can finally be told.
Born in 1821 in what
is now Nebraska, Red Cloud grew up an orphan who overcame myriad social
disadvantages to advance in Sioux culture. Through fearless raids against
neighboring tribes, like the Crow and Pawnee, he acquired a reputation as the
best leader of his fellow warriors, catapulting him into the Sioux elite—and
preparing him for the epic struggle his nation would face with an expanding
United States. Drawing on a wealth of evidence that includes Red Cloud’s
134-page autobiography, lost for nearly a hundred years, Bob Drury and Tom
Clavin bring their subject to life again in a narrative that climaxes with Red
Cloud’s War—a conflict whose massacres presaged the Little Bighorn and ensured
Red Cloud’s place in the pantheon of Native American legends.
A story as big as
the West, with portraits of General William Tecumsah Sherman, explorer John
Bozeman, mountain man Jim Bridger, Red Cloud protégé Crazy Horse, and many
others, The Heart of Everything That Is not only places you at the
center of the conflict over western expansion but finally gives our nation’s
greatest Indian war leader the modern-day recognition he deserves. Download and start listening now!