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on February 23, 2015
The only way to learn the true history of this Country is to start with its roots. For America, this means learning the actual (and continuing) treatment of the First Nations People by the "white invaders." Reading the actual experiences written by American Indian authors is the only way; the rest is propaganda fed to us as schoolchildren and reinforced by Hollywood. Want to know why our Country is in the shape it's in today? Follow the beginning threads which began in 1492 and hang on up to the present. The Europeans brought their culture with them which included ownership of land rather than a sense of the sanctity of place. It changed everything, and continues to, both domestically and absolutely with foreign policies. It's all about the money and started with ol' Chris! What a legacy! This IS an autobiography so these comments include all the other books written by Native Americans; it's difficult to exclude the background, tho' the way our history is traditionally portrayed, it is clear that the truth has never been told.
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on February 21, 2017
A spiritually innocent soul who told it like it was then, which can still be applied to here and for the now
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on January 27, 2016
A must read for anyone interested in the true history of America.you will never look at your country the same after this.
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on January 17, 2017
Really interesting. A man full of surprises!
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on October 3, 2016
Truth here spoken from the most of the most controversial Indian leader ever. You will not be able to put this book down. Powerful, provocative and sad. It will help you understand todays Indians, the suffering and betrayal that they endured also how a man like Russel Means understood the struggle as he struggled himself and fought to the end. A man who has done it all, seen it all and been though it all, in agony and pain. I respect his honesty for being so transparent about his life. Highly recommended and enthralling. I do believe that the Indians will come back and live again and those who did them wrong will have to pay.
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on September 21, 2016
I love it..My husband met Russell in 1973 at the AIM uprising in Gering Nb. (Scottsbluff County) They started on opposite sides of the fence as my husband was in law enforcement there. My husband was the officer who extradited him back to Scottsbluff Co. and during that time he listened to Russell and at the end of the day he had the utmost respect for Russell and said he was a brilliant man , and he followed Russell in the film he made and through the rest of their lives he admired Russell. My husband died on Oct. 21, 2012 and Russell died Oct.22, 2012. I loved the book..I had gotten the big hardbound one for my husband, but upon his death our lawyer was and avid Native American fan and a dear friend of ours so I gave it to him..
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on November 19, 2016
From what I had read previously, I understood Russell Means to be an alcoholic brawler and womanizer. Now I know that he was an articulate, deep thinking and spiritual human being. Yes, this change in my perception comes from reading his version of his life, but he doesn't shy away from revealing his weaknesses as well as his virtues. He is also generous in giving credit to others when it is due and fair in his evaluations of people with whom he had significantly different outlooks. I would like to have known him.
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on October 9, 2015
I just didn't find Russell Means to be a very interesting person. In his youth he was just another punk kid getting in trouble and using the dope he sold to other kids. As an adult, some of his causes were noble, but his actions frequently were not. He was quick to blame other things or people whenever things went badly throughout his life. Marvin J. Wolf worked valiantly with a difficult subject.
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on November 13, 2016
A very interesting story. This man held nothing back as he fought for the rights of his people. He acknowledged that he was not a very good husband and father. He felt as though it was his calling to do what he did for his people. Most people would have been killed after what Russell has been through. The great mystery as he calls it was definitely looking out for him.
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on October 23, 2014
This is probably one of the most honest autobiographies I have read. Russell Means had a very interesting life and he explains it, warts and all, in this book. He details the racism that is rampent between the white man and the Indian, how he came to be one of the leaders of AIM, his love of dancing and ceremony. He loves the culture of his people and is encouraged that his actions have sparked a resurgence of tradition. He works hard for the poor and underprivilidged and is involved in outrageous acts of civil unrest reaping both praise and hatred. He is shot several times, married several times, arrested many times, nothing seems to be left out of this book. You come to hate his lifestyle but marvel that one man would make so many sacrifices for his cause. Russell Means is truly a modern Indian warrier and you come away with the impression that had he been born 200 years ago he would have been a great war leader. It's hard to read some of the things he got involved with but you won't put this book down.
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