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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,057 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Ehle Narrator: John McDonough Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A sixth-generation North Carolinian, highly-acclaimed author John Ehle grew up on former Cherokee hunting grounds. His experience as an accomplished novelist, combined with his extensive, meticulous research, culminates in this moving tragedy rich with historical detail.

The Cherokee are a proud, ancient civilization. For hundreds of years they believed themselves to be the Principle People residing at the center of the earth. But by the 18th century, some of their leaders believed it was necessary to adapt to European ways in order to survive. Those chiefs sealed the fate of their tribes in 1875 when they signed a treaty relinquishing their land east of the Mississippi in return for promises of wealth and better land. The U.S. government used the treaty to justify the eviction of the Cherokee nation in an exodus that the Cherokee will forever remember as the trail where they cried. John McDonough narrates with thoughtful gravity. The heroism and nobility of the Cherokee shine through this intricate story of American politics, ambition, and greed.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sisyphus | 2/9/2014

    " A brilliant and sobering depiction of Native American culture and hardships leading up to and during the Trail of Tears period, perhaps the best documented societal dislocation of the American 19th Century. The Cherokee nation made extraordinary strides in literature and agriculture through their contact, competition, and cooperation with Western men, developing an authentically Cherokee literary culture and tradition, embracing cultural advancement without surrendering cultural identity. But, in the end, the Cherokee genius and adaptability did not save them from the cruelties of cultural competition and forced relocation on the Trail of Tears. Many Americans today have Cherokee ancestors. Many assimilated and married into Western families long before the catastrophic and unnecessary decision of Andrew Jackson to remove the Cherokee to the "Indian Territory." This is the story of a great and tragic people, told in part through the inclusion of primary sources and with deep understanding and humanity. "

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

    " A bit slow at first, but the story eventually was gripping. As a Missouri boy with Cherokee blood (1/32) in me, I appreciated learning more about how the federal government, dating from Washington, but primarily during the Jackson years, worked to get the Eastern native Americans to move to Oklahoma and beyond. As the Cherokees referred to it, the "Trail Where They Wept" was an extremely difficult journey. The disagreements within the Cherokee nation itself over the terms of the treaty were indicative of the disunity caused by the forced evacuation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie | 2/1/2014

    " I had mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it's obvious that the author did his homework; it's very well researched. On the other hand, I didn't find it to be a very readable book. I often lost track of the main characters and felt this was largely because the author didn't do a great job transitioning from one subject to the next. Also, I found his own intrepetations of what might have happened or what might have been going through one of the main actor's mind frequently unsubstantiated and confusing. Finally, I had a hard time following much of his research and often wondered about the accuracy -- knowing that history can never be one hundred percent objective -- of his representation of events. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Gail Alexander | 1/4/2014

    " I could not finish this book. It is written in very stilted language, is not at all engaging. While this is a very interesting and poignant story overall, the book itself is not easy to read. "

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