Too much needless information and not enough of a narrative to hold it together. I was hoping for more details on Native American culture and how the American Indian survived and held together through their mass killing. It mostly just talks about all the murder and genocide without any nuance.
The very notion that the Indian side of the story hasn't been told is absolutely beyond comprehension. The only side of the story being told for the last fifty years on TV, in movies, books, talk shows and the media has been the prejudiced, white hating Indian side. With complete disregard for facts and retelling flat-out myths, Dee Brown presents all Indians as noble humanitarians and Whites as blood thirsty monsters. It is unfortunate that so many on the left fall for this racist propaganda. But luckily, historians are starting to chart a truthful account that follows a middle road. There were blood thirsty monsters on both sides, and noble humanitarians too. Avoid the obviously partisan accounts of western history like this one, and find the real story in books like " Son of the Morning Star " by Evan S Connell.
One of the most shameful episodes in American history was the displacement/murder of the Indians as the country expanded Westward in the 19th century. It's still rarely taught in schools and widely ignored in our culture, but it can't be ignored. Dee Brown's sympathetic, gripping, and ultimately heartbreaking book tells the story from the Indians' perspective, using first hand accounts to create a vivid portrait of a an entire population robbed of their land, honor, and sometimes lives. It's one of the saddest books you will ever read, but it is absolutely essential. Every American should read it and think about it.
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