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ISBN-13: 978-0806115771 ISBN-10: 0806115777 Edition: Reprint

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  • Series: Written from His Letters
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; Reprint edition (1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806115777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806115771
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

George E. Hyde was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1882. As a boy he became interested in Indians and began writing about them in 1910. He has produced some of the most important books on the American Indian ever written, including Indians of the High Plains, Indians of the Woodlands, Red Cloud's Folk, Spotted Tail's Folk, and Life of George Bent, all published by the University of Oklahoma Press. Hyde died in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1968 at the age of 86.



Savoie Lottinville, editor of four series of books published by the University of Oklahoma Press during his tenure as director from 1938 to 1967, was Regents Professor of History in the University and Director Emeritus of the Press. He was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and of the University of Oxford, England, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ken_Tarbox@prodigy.com on October 26, 1998
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George Bent spent many years living with the Cheyenne and the history, as told to him by the elders, is well worth reading for anyone wanting to learn about the Cheyenne. The relationship between different tribes is is very interesting.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By prbent@aosi.com on October 16, 1998
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Not a well written, but interesting book. Presents an account of notable historical clashes between whites and Indians from a man torn between the two cultures. For anyone interested in US Western history, it is worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WatsonCrick on August 25, 2010
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In the early 1800's William Bent built a trading fort in what is now southern Colorado known as Bent's Fort. This fort is recognized even in early western writing such as "The Oregon Trail" by Francis Parkman. William Bent's wife was Owl Woman, a Cheyenne and daughter of a spiritually powerful "keeper of the arrows." George Bent was the son of William and Owl Woman and he was sent east to be educated in Saint Louis. During the Civil War George joined the Confederacy and was captured. His release was negotiated contingent upon his return to the fort out west. Because his life was endangered by Union sympathizers, William Bent suggested that his son go to live with the Cheyenne side of the family. George was living with his Cheyenne family at Sand Creek when the Sand Creek Massacre occurred in 1864. He lived the next ten years of his life riding as an angry Cheyenne warrior killing white people. His letters offer an opportunity to see this period of US history from a rare perspective. Not great literature but very interesting.
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George Bent wasn't playing Indian, he was living Indian! A "true to life historical accounting", by the subject matter expert of the day!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Holley on May 8, 2013
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This is a great book to add to any collection of historic materials detailing life on the plains. And it got here fast.
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A good rendition of the Old West given by a man who lived with the Cheyenne. Half white, half Cheyenne, the former Confederate soldier chose to live with the Cheyenne and was present at several historical events and gives eye witness descriptions to key historical figures. This is a have to have for the student of the Old West.
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This is phenomenal! Actual letters' from Bent gives factual encounters of nineteenth century life. I found this to be a great look at such things as the Sand Creek Massacre to life as told as only a mixed blood Cheyenne can. Unique and riveting!
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