The Heart of Everything That Is by Bob Drury audiobook

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

By Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
Read by George Newbern

Simon & Schuster Audio
12.08 Hours Unabridged
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In the bestsellingtradition of Empire of the Summer Moon, this is the untold story of RedCloud, the most powerful Indian commander of the Plains who witnessed theopening of the West. The great OglalaSioux chief Red Cloud was the only Plains Indian to defeat the United StatesArmy in a war, forcing the American government to sue for peace in a conflictnamed for him. At the peak of their chief’s powers, the Sioux could claimcontrol of one-fifth of the contiguous United States. But unlike Sitting Bull, CrazyHorse, or Geronimo, the fog of history has left Red Cloud strangely obscured.Now, thanks to painstaking research by two award-winning authors, hisincredible story can finally be told. Born in 1821 in whatis now Nebraska, Red Cloud grew up an orphan who overcame myriad socialdisadvantages to advance in Sioux culture. Through fearless raids againstneighboring tribes, like the Crow and Pawnee, he acquired a reputation as thebest leader of his fellow warriors, catapulting him into the Sioux elite—andpreparing him for the epic struggle his nation would face with an expandingUnited States. Drawing on a wealth of evidence that includes Red Cloud’s134-page autobiography, lost for nearly a hundred years, Bob Drury and TomClavin bring their subject to life again in a narrative that climaxes with RedCloud’s War—a conflict whose massacres presaged the Little Bighorn and ensuredRed Cloud’s place in the pantheon of Native American legends. A story as big asthe West, with portraits of General William Tecumsah Sherman, explorer JohnBozeman, mountain man Jim Bridger, Red Cloud protégé Crazy Horse, and manyothers, The Heart of Everything That Is not only places you at thecenter of the conflict over western expansion but finally gives our nation’sgreatest Indian war leader the modern-day recognition he deserves.

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A New York Times bestseller

A 2014 Spur Award Finalist for Best Western Nonfiction Historical

Selected for the November 2013 Indie Next List

In the bestsellingtradition of Empire of the Summer Moon, this is the untold story of RedCloud, the most powerful Indian commander of the Plains who witnessed theopening of the West.

The great OglalaSioux chief Red Cloud was the only Plains Indian to defeat the United StatesArmy in a war, forcing the American government to sue for peace in a conflictnamed for him. At the peak of their chief’s powers, the Sioux could claimcontrol of one-fifth of the contiguous United States. But unlike Sitting Bull, CrazyHorse, or Geronimo, the fog of history has left Red Cloud strangely obscured.Now, thanks to painstaking research by two award-winning authors, hisincredible story can finally be told.

Born in 1821 in whatis now Nebraska, Red Cloud grew up an orphan who overcame myriad socialdisadvantages to advance in Sioux culture. Through fearless raids againstneighboring tribes, like the Crow and Pawnee, he acquired a reputation as thebest leader of his fellow warriors, catapulting him into the Sioux elite—andpreparing him for the epic struggle his nation would face with an expandingUnited States. Drawing on a wealth of evidence that includes Red Cloud’s134-page autobiography, lost for nearly a hundred years, Bob Drury and TomClavin bring their subject to life again in a narrative that climaxes with RedCloud’s War—a conflict whose massacres presaged the Little Bighorn and ensuredRed Cloud’s place in the pantheon of Native American legends.

A story as big asthe West, with portraits of General William Tecumsah Sherman, explorer JohnBozeman, mountain man Jim Bridger, Red Cloud protégé Crazy Horse, and manyothers, The Heart of Everything That Is not only places you at thecenter of the conflict over western expansion but finally gives our nation’sgreatest Indian war leader the modern-day recognition he deserves.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Histories of the Sioux Wars have too often cast all other warriors into the shadow of Crazy Horse. Drury and Clavin shine welcome light on Red Cloud, a brilliant leader and military strategist whose life was an important part of this brutal and decisive movement in America’s history. This is an absorbing and evocative examination of the endgame in the three-hundred-year war between Native Americans and settlers of European descent.” Charles Frazier, National Book Award–winning author of Cold Mountain
“The word ‘epic’ is overused these days. Not here. This is big, blazing history, writ large on the High Plains. Clavin and Drury handle it beautifully. Through the striking historical figure of Red Cloud, they tell story of the Sioux Nation and of the fight for the American West.” S. C. Gwynne, author of Empire of the Summer Moon and Pulitzer Prize finalist
“Red Cloud is one of the great figures in nineteenth-century America’s tortured relationships with the many peoples who occupied our country before we took it. Finally, there is a portrait worthy of the man, fully drawn and realized, all the complicated undertow acknowledged and embraced.” Ken Burns, American director and producer
“A gripping narrative…This fascinating book is highly recommended to anyone interested in the history of the Old West.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Illuminating…Readers now have access to a much more thorough, comprehensive understanding of the Plains Indians’ brutal and tragically futile efforts to protect their land and way of living from the progress of civilization.” Publishers Weekly
“Finally we have the full story of Red Cloud, told without the sentimentality and delusional romance that too many white historians bring to the American native tribes. The Powder River country of the West entrapped two equally objectionable groups—the soldiers that Washington sent to decimate the tribes, and the tribes themselves, who had been slaughtering each other for centuries. That stirring but bloodthirsty era deserves an honest treatment like this.” Rinker Buck author of Flight of Passage

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Author Bio: Bob Drury

Author Bio: Bob Drury

Bob Drury, a Men’s Health contributing editor and chief military correspondent, has been nominated for three National Magazine Awards and a Pulitzer Prize. He has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Liberia, Bosnia, Northern Ireland, and Darfur, among other sites. He is also the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous nonfiction books, including The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of US Marines in Combat, and the recipient of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s 2010 General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award for nonfiction.

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Author Bio: Tom Clavin

Author Bio: Tom Clavin

Tom Clavin is a New York Times bestselling author of books of history and nonfiction. He has worked as a newspaper and website editor, magazine writer, TV and radio commentator, and a reporter for the New York Times. He has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, and National Newspaper Association.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 12.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English