The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 5, 2013 - History - 433 pages
New York Times Bestseller: This biography of the Sioux warrior who defeated the US Army is “a page-turner” with “the narrative sweep of a great Western” (The Boston Globe).

Red Cloud was the only American Indian in history to defeat the United States Army in a war, forcing the government to sue for peace on his terms. At the peak of Red Cloud’s powers, the Sioux could claim control of one-fifth of the contiguous United States and the loyalty of thousands of fierce fighters. But the fog of history has left Red Cloud strangely obscured. Now, thanks to the rediscovery of a lost autobiography, and painstaking research by two award-winning authors, the story of the nineteenth century’s most powerful and successful Indian warrior can finally be told.

In this astonishing untold story of the American West, Bob Drury and Tom Clavin restore Red Cloud to his rightful place in American history in a sweeping and dramatic narrative based on years of primary research. As they trace the events leading to Red Cloud’s War, they provide intimate portraits of the many lives Red Cloud touched—mountain men such as Jim Bridger; US generals, like William Tecumseh Sherman, who were charged with annihilating the Sioux; fearless explorers, such as the dashing John Bozeman; and the memorable warriors whom Red Cloud groomed, like the legendary Crazy Horse. And at the center of the story is Red Cloud, fighting for the very existence of the Indian way of life. This is the definitive chronicle of the conflict between an expanding white population and the Plains Indians who stood in its way.

“Gripping.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Illuminating.” —Publishers Weekly

“Unabashed, unbiased, and disturbingly honest, leaving no razor-sharp arrowhead unturned, no rifle trigger unpulled. . . . a compelling and fiery narrative.” —USA Today


Paha Sapa
Red Clouds Territory at the Height of His Power
First Contact
Guns and Badlands
The Western Tribes Before the Civil
The Black Hills and Beyond
Red Cloud Comes
Counting Coup
War Is Peace
The Bozeman Trail
Big Bellies and Shirt Wearers
Colonel Carringtons Circus
Here Be Monsters
The Perfect Fort
Mercifully Kill All the Wounded
For Phil Kearny November 1866

Print the Legend
Old Gabe
The Oregon Trail
The Glory Road
Pretty Owl and Pine Leaf
A BloodTinged Season
A Lone Stranger
Samuel Colts Invention
A Brief Respite
The Dakotas Rise
Strong Hearts
An Army in Shambles
Blood on the
The Great Escape
Gen Patrick Connors 1865 Campaign
Bloody Bridge Station
The Hunt for Red Cloud
Burn the Bodies Eat the Horses
A Thin Blue Line
Fire in the Belly
High Plains Drifters
Dress Rehearsal
Soldiers in Both Hands
The HalfMans Omen
The Fetterman Massacre Battlefield
Broken Arrows
Like Hogs Brought to Market
Fear and Mourning
About the Authors
Notes and Bibliography

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About the author (2013)

Bob Drury is the author/coauthor/editor of nine books. He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Men’s Journal, and GQ. He is currently a contributing editor and foreign correspondent for Men’s Health. He lives in Manasquan, New Jersey.