The acclaimed New York Times bestselling biography of the legendary Sioux warrior Red Cloud: "a page-turner with remarkable immediacyand the narrative sweep of a great Western" (The Boston Globe).
Red Cloud was the only American Indian in history to defeat the United States Army in a war, forcing the government to sue for peace on his terms. At the peak of Red Cloud's powers the Sioux could claim control of one-fifth of the contiguous United States and the loyalty of thousands of fierce fighters. But the fog of history has left Red Cloud strangely obscured. Now, thanks to the rediscovery of a lost autobiography, and painstaking research by two award-winning authors, the story of the nineteenth century's most powerful and successful Indian warrior can finally be told.
In The Heart of Everything That Is, Bob Drury and Tom Clavin restore Red Cloud to his rightful place in American history in a sweeping and dramatic narrative based on years of primary research. As they trace the events leading to Red Cloud's War, they provide intimate portraits of the many lives Red Cloud touched—mountain men such as Jim Bridger; US generals like William Tecumseh Sherman, who were charged with annihilating the Sioux; fearless explorers, such as the dashing John Bozeman; and the memorable warriors whom Red Cloud groomed, like the legendary Crazy Horse. And at the center of the story is Red Cloud, fighting for the very existence of the Indian way of life.
"Unabashed, unbiased, and disturbingly honest, leaving no razor-sharp arrowhead unturned, no rifle trigger unpulled....a compelling and fiery narrative" (USA TODAY), this is the definitive chronicle of the conflict between an expanding white civilization and the Plains Indians who stood in its way.
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"With his steady delivery, George Newbern ably performs this fascinating account of the Sioux chief Red Cloud. Using Red CloudÕs autobiography and numerous other sources, Drury and ClavinÕs work is a shockingly honest description of the ways of the Oglala Sioux and their interactions with various other tribes and with whites. Red Cloud himself comes across as a brilliant leader who was devoted to his way of life, though he could also be Machiavellian. NewbernÕs clear voice and appealing staccato delivery move well from phrase to phrase, keeping listenersÕ interest. Those who can stand the graphic descriptions of brutality by all participants will find this worthy listening. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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