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The Earth is Weeping

Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   18.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/25/2016

The Earth is Weeping

The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681682464
Digital Download ISBN:9781681682471


A magisterial, essential history of the struggle between whites and Native Americans over the fate of the West.

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Product Description

With the end of the Civil War, the nation recommenced its expansion onto traditional Indian tribal lands, setting off a wide-ranging conflict that would last more than three decades. In an exploration of the wars and negotiations that destroyed tribal ways of life even as they made possible the emergence of the modern United States, Peter Cozzens gives us both sides in comprehensive and singularly intimate detail. He illuminates the encroachment experienced by the tribes and the tribal conflicts over whether to fight or make peace, and explores the squalid lives of soldiers posted to the frontier and the ethical quandaries faced by generals who often sympathized with their native enemies. As the action moves from Kansas and Nebraska to the Southwestern desert to the Dakotas and the Pacific Northwest, we encounter a pageant of fascinating characters including Custer, Sherman, Grant, and a host of other military and political figures, as well as great native leaders such as Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, and Red Cloud. For the first time The Earth Is Weeping brings them all together in the fullest account to date of how the West was won.


"Narrator John Pruden effortlessly pulls the listener along on the voyage with perfect pronunciation of names of the various tribes, chiefs, generals, and locations." —Library Journal Starred Audio Review

"The audiobook aims to present a rare balanced view of one of the most unpleasant eras in U.S. history, and succeeds . . . Pruden keeps listeners engaged." —AudioFile

"This is a beautifully written work of understanding and compassion that will be a treasure for both general readers and specialists." —Booklist Starred Review

"Cozzens admirably succeeds in framing the Indian Wars with acute historical accuracy." —New York Times

"Highly recommended for the intertwined history of Native Americans and the post-Civil War frontier U.A. Army." —Library Journal

"A moving narrative, substantial documentation, and even-handed analyses explain why The Earth Is Weeping is the most lucid and reliable history of the Indian Wars in recent memory." —Victor Davis Hanson, author of Carnage and Culture

"There is much wisdom here, and much good writing." —S.C. Gwynne, author of Empire of the Summer Moon

"An elegantly written narrative of one of the great sagas in American history, and better than Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee." —James Donovan, author of A Terrible Glory

"[T]he most comprehensive, insightful synthesis of the conflict between the Western tribes and the United States government and citizens published by a popular New York press in decades." —True West Magazine

"A striking and thorough explanation." —Big Sky Journal

"An evenhanded and smoothly written volume that is no less ambitious in scope than Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee." —The American Scholar

Author Bio

Peter Cozzens is the author or editor of sixteen acclaimed books on the American Civil War and the Indian Wars of the American West, and a member of the Advisory Council of the Lincoln Prize. In 2002 he was awarded the American Foreign Service Association's William R. Rivkin Award.