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Sitting Bull

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    Bill Yenne(Author)
Sitting Bull's name is still the best-known of any American Indian leader, but his life and legacy remain shrouded with misinformation and half-truths. His life spanned the entire clash of cultures and ultimate destruction of the Plains Indian way of life. He was a powerful leader and a respected shaman, but neither title fully captures the enigma of Sitting Bull.Drawing on research into rare contemporary records, and Sitting Bull's own 'hieroglyphic autobiography', this absorbing volume traces his life from a headstrong youth (named Jumping Badger) and first contact with White settlers, through his election as spiritual and military leader of the Lakota Sioux, his role in the major victory at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, his subsequent flight to Canada and return as a performer in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, to his arrest and untimely death at the hands of the Indian Affairs police on the eve of the Battle of Wounded Knee.The first new biography of Sitting Bull (1831-1890), in over fifteen years, Yenne's work will set a benchmark for all future histories.

"Yenne's book excels..." - The New Yorker "...a remarkable, tragic portrait" -Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 448 pages
  • Bill Yenne(Author)
  • Westholme Publishing, U.S.; 1 edition (1 May 2007)
  • English
  • 6
  • Biography
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  • By twosheds on 19 August 2017

    I am part Sioux on my Fathers side of the family and we are supposed to be related to this great chief,i am still finding out about this.Twosheds is my husband.

  • By A. G. W. Towle on 9 August 2009

    What a great read. Informative and exploding a number of common myths. On reading this book I developed a real feeling for the Great Chief and an insight into the real Wild West. Bill Yenne keeps his narrative taut, accurate and informative, and a forms a real portrait of the man and his life, as pictures flow from the text.Anyone interested in the history of the American history, and particularly the days of the wild west, should find this book engrossing, and sad at the treatment metered out to the great man, particularly in his final days. Sitting Bull was a great leader and Shaman - a man of true and great stature which combines with his innate spirituality, forebearant nature, wisdom and modesty, makes him stand apart from the rest. A household name, which he still holds and deserves, even today.

  • By Mr. K. F. W. Walker on 4 April 2012

    If you are into Native American history, as the wife is, then this is a must read.We went on several USA holidays and she has wanted to find out as much as possible on the Native American peoples. Read as may of the books as you can find, and see what the white man has subjected them to over time. The story about Sitting Bull is well researched, and you get to know the real person, not just what you see in the movies.

  • By EKO8 on 1 April 2016

    This book is ultimately disappointing. The difficulty with this subject is that the Sioux have no written records and so there is considerable guesswork. Like most North American Natives the Sioux were primitive and their existence relied virtually on the buffalo and there does not seem to have been great changes in the Plains way of life except for the introduction of horses and they were reliant on outdated technology. Because of this Sitting Bull’s aim of maintaining the old way of life and to live in isolation from but at peace with the US was misguided and never going to happen. The US's blatant disregard for treaties (e.g. those of Fort Laramie) and especially their inability to safeguard the Black Hills are covered well in the book and Sitting Bull's leadership and statesmanlike demeanour stand out and his treatment at the hands of the US Military and the agent McLaughlin are laid bare. I had not expected the chapter with Buffalo Bill to have shown such a warm friendship. BillYenne makes it clear that Sitting Bull's death was what the army hierarchy desired although not in such a messy fashion. It is a pity that Sitting Bull himself is such a mystery.

  • By Pony Moores on 7 March 2016

    This is my favourite subject ie American Indians. This book arrived in excellent condition - and I am very pleased with it.

  • By Ali The Critical on 13 June 2013

    brilliant if your into the natavie Americans. i would definately but from the same author again. ive got loads of these books.....this one was very good.

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