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Circle the Wagons!: Attacks on Wagon Trains in History and Hollywood Films Hardcover – November 24, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0786439973 ISBN-10: 0786439971

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  • Hardcover: 246 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (November 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786439971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786439973
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,717,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Historian Gregory F. Michno is the author of numerous books about such topics as the American West and World War II. Susan J. Michno has written articles on the Spirit Lake Massacre and the Box Family of Texas. They both currently live in Longmont, Colorado.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jerry D. Morelock on March 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Veteran Western historian, Gregory F. Michno, and co-author, Susan J. Michno, are on a mission. They are out to set the record straight on the "did they or didn't they?" question regarding Indian attacks on pioneer wagon trains. The prevailing conventional wisdom is that, despite the ubiquity of wagon train attacks in popular culture such as Hollywood film portrayals, these attacks were rare. As the Michnos prove in Circle the Wagons! Attacks on Wagon Trains in History and Hollywood, conventional wisdom is not only wrong, it's "plainly, simply, irrevocably wrong." They decry as "whitewashing" frontier history the recent disturbing trend of western historians to focus almost exclusively on white atrocities while simultaneously ignoring Indian depredations - presenting Indians merely as hapless "victims" of white aggression. Therefore, ignoring the abundant historical record that clearly documents numerous Indian attacks on wagon trains, principally by narrowly focusing only on the Oregon Trail and on a short period of time during the westward migration era, recent historians support their single-minded "victims" agenda and do history a disservice. Although the authors freely admit that "white soldiers and civilians also participated in atrocities against Indian tribes," these crimes "have been detailed in numerous books and movies over the past 50 years," while "the very real trail danger that emigrants faced from Indians" either has been covered up or simply ignored. In other words, the `Custer died for your sins' school of western history has created a modern mythology that blindly ignores the historical record. Circle the Wagons! does an admirable job of reporting the facts and setting the record straight.
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Well written, honest account of life in frontier America.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Mysterious Traveler on May 25, 2011
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Generally speaking the history of the United States' advance west to the Pacific ocean was in good hands..........until the 1960s and Dee Brown's pernicious Commie prop effort for the North Vietnamese in the Vietnam War BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE which recast the history of the Indian Wars with evil fascist nazi racist white men picking on the pacifistic, culturally superior, vaguely communistic "Red" men the Indians aka the Left's version of the Vietnam War. The result of the book which became the main source and uhr text for hundreds of American haters and fellow travelers for the next forty years has been devestating and constantly used to give aid and comfort to the enemies of freedom as well as singlehandedly doing much to destroy the Western as a viable film genre. With two exceptions(ULZANA'S RAID and SON OF THE MORNING STAR) there has not been a film about the Indian wars that has not been utter garbage and dripping with lies and poisonous hate.
With the totalitarian methods that characterize academia, the Dee Browners have effectively destroyed any dissenting voices WITHIN academia which leaves only those OUTSIDE of the establishment like Robert Utley who worked for the Park service and author/historian Gregory Michno who are singlehandly holding back the barbarians at the gate and preserving the truth as well as doing cutting edge original work.

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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Esar Shvartz on November 20, 2010
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Like his other book on the subject 'A Fate Worse than Death, Michno has done an excellent job here in describing the actual events concerning wagons moving west. Many historians and movie makers have distorted this magnificent part of American history to serve their own political objectives or because of social pressure. Well, Michno has done it again in setting the records straight. What emerges is not only a detailed description of the true events, but also a non politically correct picture about the behavior of the Indians attacking the wagon trains. The Indians were barbaric, sadistic, and cruel beyond any imagination. Very few history books or Hollywood movies have tried to venture into this ugly territory. The Indians lived in the stone age, but their minds were very imaginative as far as inflicting unspeakable pain on the white pioneers. I know, some who read this review may think that I am a right wing red neck. Sorry to disappoint you. I was born and raised in Israel, American history is my hobbie, but unlike Housin Obama, I can show that I am a naturalized American Citizen. Unlike the Nazis and Japanese criminals who were tracked down and punished (although only few, the majority got away), nobody wants to talk about an acknowledgment by some Indian representatives about the crimes committed by their anscestors during the western movement. Perhaps those who are getting fat now on their casinos can compensate the descendents of the pioneers who were scalped, mutilated, burned alive, raped, sold as slaves and prostitutes, with the survivors ending their miserable lives in lunatic assylems. I know, there are enough of you lunatic liberals who hate America and everything it stands for, so go to Cuba, North Korea or Venezuela.Read more ›
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