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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

(2019)
Native America from 1890 to the Present
A non fiction book by

 
 
Finalist for the 2019 National Book Award

Longlisted for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence

A New York Times best seller

Named a best book of 2019 by The New York Times, Time, The Washington Post, NPR, Hudson Booksellers, The New York Public Library, The Dallas Morning News, and Library Journal.

"Chapter after chapter, it's like one shattered myth after another." (NPR)

"An informed, moving and kaleidoscopic portrait... Treuer's powerful book suggests the need for soul-searching about the meanings of American history and the stories we tell ourselves about this nation's past.." (New York Times Book Review, front page)

A sweeping history - and counter-narrative - of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present.

The received idea of Native American history - as promulgated by books like Dee Brown's mega-bestselling 1970 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - has been that American Indian history essentially ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. Not only did 150 Sioux die at the hands of the US Cavalry, the sense was, but Native civilization did as well.

Growing up Ojibwe on a reservation in Minnesota, training as an anthropologist, and researching Native life past and present for his nonfiction and novels, David Treuer has uncovered a different narrative. Because they did not disappear - and not despite but rather because of their intense struggles to preserve their language, their traditions, their families, and their very existence - the story of American Indians since the end of the 19th century to the present is one of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention.

In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir. Tracing the tribes' distinctive cultures from first contact, he explores how the depredations of each era spawned new modes of survival. The devastating seizures of land gave rise to increasingly sophisticated legal and political maneuvering that put the lie to the myth that Indians don't know or care about property. The forced assimilation of their children at government-run boarding schools incubated a unifying Native identity. Conscription in the US military and the pull of urban life brought Indians into the mainstream and modern times, even as it steered the emerging shape of self-rule and spawned a new generation of resistance. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is the essential, intimate story of a resilient people in a transformative era.



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Hardback Editions

June 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present (Thorndike Press Large Print Popular and Narrative Nonfiction)
Author(s): David Treuer
ISBN: 1-4328-6450-5 / 978-1-4328-6450-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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March 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
Author(s): David Treuer
ISBN: 1-4721-5493-2 / 978-1-4721-5493-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
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January 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present
Author(s): David Treuer
ISBN: 1-59463-315-0 / 978-1-59463-315-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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Paperback Editions

March 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
Author(s): David Treuer
ISBN: 1-4721-5494-0 / 978-1-4721-5494-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
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November 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present
Author(s): David Treuer
ISBN: 0-399-57319-4 / 978-0-399-57319-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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Audio Editions

January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present
Author(s): David Treuer
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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January 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present
Author(s): David Treuer
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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Kindle Editions

March 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
Author(s): David Treuer
Publisher: Corsair
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January 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present
Author(s): David Treuer
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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