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 - 432 pages
This acclaimed New York Times bestselling biography of the legendary Sioux warrior Red Cloud, is a page-turner with remarkable immediacy…and 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.

“Unabashed, unbiased, and disturbingly honest, leaving no razor-sharp arrowhead unturned, no rifle trigger unpulled....a compelling and fiery narrative” (USA TODAY), this is the definitive chronicle of the conflict between an expanding white civilization and the Plains Indians who stood in its way.
 

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As a student of history, I have found that biographies, many times, are the best way to assess historical events. I am in the midst of reading a string of biographies, some of which are too scholarly ... Read full review

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Evidently well researched, probably the best book treating the Red Cloud part of the Indian Wars of the 1860s...but, it's boring. A biography of a tribal leader of historic importance should provide ... Read full review

Contents

Paha Sapa
1
the PraIrIe
17
First Contact
19
Guns and Badlands
35
The Black hills and Beyond
49
Red Cloud Comes
61
Counting Coup
75
Print the Legend
82
the
221
war is Peace
223
Big Bellies and Shirt wearers
233
Colonel Carringtons Circus
240
here Be Monsters
247
The Perfect Fort
253
Mercifully kill All the wounded
260
Roughing it
270

the InvasIon
91
old Gabe
93
The Glory Road
102
Pretty owl and Pine Leaf
108
A BloodTinged Season
122
A Lone Stranger
131
Samuel Colts invention
142
A Brief Respite
149
The dakotas Rise
156
the resIstance
167
Strong hearts
169
An Army in Shambles
176
Blood on the ice
183
The Great escape
190
Bloody Bridge Station
200
The hunt for Red Cloud
206
Burn the Bodies eat the horses
213
A Thin Blue Line
279
Fire in the Belly
286
high Plains drifters
294
the Massacre
301
Fetterman
303
dress Rehearsal 310
310
Soldiers in Both hands
317
The halfMans omen
323
Broken Arrows
330
Like hogs Brought to Market
336
Fear and Mourning
343
Epilogue
351
Acknowledgments
367
Notes and Bibliography
369
Index
399
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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.

Tom Clavin is the author or coauthor of sixteen books. For fifteen years he wrote for The New York Times and has contributed to such magazines as Golf, Men's Journal, Parade, Reader’s Digest, and Smithsonian. He is currently the investigative features correspondent for Manhattan Magazine. He lives in Sag Harbor, New York.

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