I would actually give this book a 3 and a half. These were mostly wars of conquest. Cozzens demonstrates that the result couldn't have been any other than the one we know. It's the tragic stuff of legends, movies and a million history works, yet Cozzens manages to make the familiar topic fresh and invigorating again. The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West. When Native Americans reacted violently, it was usually because they had been lied to and swindled- yet again. Peter Cozzens aims his formidable historical and narrative powers at the wars between the American Indians and the US government after the Civil War until their winding down, culminating with the Wounded Knee massacre (it's stretching things to call it a battle) in 1891. 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A Smithsonian Top History Book of 2016 A Times (UK) Book of the Year … I'm sure each conflict alone could be the subject of a very interesting history book, but we get the overall history in an organized fashion focusing on different regions in the West in turn. Along the way, he overturns much of the conventional wisdom that has crept into our understanding of this conflict in a manner that is both engaging and discerning. The reason for the less than perfect score was the perspective of the author which seemed to be one that gave the ultimate responsibility for the bloodbath that took place in the country to bad policy, incompetent people, and the government not responding properly. by Knopf. Cozzens also is a retired Foreign Service Officer, U. S. Department of State. --Victor Davis Hanson, author of Carnage and Culture "A comprehensive … The aggressors did not see the Indians as equals, nor, by labeling them as savages, were they considered men. His goal here is give us the complications in that narrative that ultimately make it a story with much more pathos and tragedy, a welcome thing in our Manichean age. He also presents the Indians as hopelessly divided in their response to the whites, some fighting back, others urging assimilation, still more siding with the whites against holdouts, without the value judgments of, say, Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty) The Earth Is Weeping… October 25th 2016 Cozzens disagrees with the overall structure of this interpretation, while never doubting that America was certainly in the wrong. The white man (and the Mexican, and the white man’s numerous Indian allies) usually breaks treaties and sometimes kills women and children. I'm familiar with the Civil War battle accounts by the author and did not know of his multi-volume series on the Indian Wars. The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West, by Peter Cozzens, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2016, $35 This sweeping narrative gives one plenty of reason to weep, considering the misjudgments, confusion, delusions and loss of life that occurred on the 19th-century frontier. Most of these books were excellent but this book offers the most comprehensive recitation of the events occurring during the decades long struggles between the Indians and the encroachment of white settlers and the Army. Review written by Jerry Lenaburg. Peter Cozzens is the award-winning author of seventeen books on the American Civil War and the American West. “The Earth Is Weeping” offers an almost painfully even-handed look at the conflicts between the United States and American Indian tribes after the Civil War. No one ever mentions " genocide ", but it truly was. My familiarity was with names of individuals and battles without much continuity. We’d love your help. The Earth is Weeping : The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West 4.24 (1,623 ratings by Goodreads) he stated that for most of the 19th and 20th century most people sided with the white people, but in 1970 Dee Brown wrote Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and the movie Little Big Man was released. So much miscommunication and then deceit in our dealings with each other. Basically from the end of the Civil War to Wounded Knee (25 years) the Indian way of life was destroyed in a generation. by Athenaeum - Polak & Van Gennep, Published October 25th 2016 It's a lot to cover, and the author does an impressive job. Considering what I have seen in Cozzens' other books, t. The current narrative of the Indian Wars is one where evil whites come and take the land from helpless Indians. And then we are sent out there to kill them. The reason being is that not only does it give wide broad strokes of the Indian Wars of the west, but also drills down giving details favored by the true history buff, along with the history of the moment. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Smithsonian Magazine chose it as one of the ten best history books of 2016. Aptly titled this epic retelling of the Indian Wars is both objective and sobering. The Wars were not just local affairs. Mr. Cozzens has done us all a great service by moving the narrative beyond that of "victim studies" - such as Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee - to a more nuanced and balanced view of this struggle for the fate of a continent. The last quarter of this book is footnotes making it clear he has tried to back up his cla. Cozzens begins his narrative with the 1866 resistance movement led by Red Cloud. Smithsonian.com named it one of the top ten history books of 2016. This book introduces the characters and places them in their geographical and chronological contexts. These were mostly wars of conquest. - Victor Davis Hanson, author of CARNAGE AND CULTURE. Not every white man was racist or apathetic to the Native Americans plight. Cozzens has the gift of being able to beautiful illustrate the history he describes, whether that be terse negotiations or all out battles, and it makes the book a compelling one. So why this book? Told primarily from the perspective of the various tribes and the U.S. militar, Incredibly detailed, always fascinating, and utterly gripping account of the various Indian wars throughout the American west in the last half of the nineteenth century. In spite of the eventual (and probably inevitable) outcome of these wars, let no one imagine that the US Army had an easy time of it; the native tribes had serious fighting skills, honed by many years of fighting with each other. I started it in book form but then had a six-hour drive and listened to it from an audible.com download. That would make them migrants, not immigrants, and it seems very disrespectful to make any other argument. Amazon selected it as a Best Book of November 2016. Be that as it may, the whole dreary tale of conquest, betrayal, forced expulsions and cultural suppression of the indigenous inhabitants of the United States is a black chapter in the history of the great democracy, but one that should be understood in all of its various aspects, including those of Indian brutality and aggression towards white settlers, and how the people who were the most sympathetic towards the Indians' plight were often the very army officers whose duty it was to defeat and control them. Published October 25th 2016 Four stars means "I really liked it," which is hard to reconcile with a narrative that reads like an opening of many raw, festering wounds. His book on the other hand has used primary source material that allows him to present native American history more accurately. A truly wonderful book depicting the murder of native americans by the U.S. government. AbeBooks.com: The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West (9780307948182) by Cozzens, Peter and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books available now at great prices. Having read countless books about the plains Indian wars, having studied the the Apache and Southwest Indian wars, and having written a novel "Warrior At Peace" about the death of Geronimo, I can say without qualification that "The Earth Is Weeping" is the best and most captivating account of the Indian wars I … I had not read much about the Indian Wars. "The judges recognized The Earth Is Weeping as an instant classic of military history. SHIPPING AND RETURNS. It seems to me that he did a good job of it. It appeared more like genocide. For the first time, The Earth Is Weeping brings them all together in the fullest account to date of how the West was won. “Put yourself in his place and let the white man ask himself this question: What would I do if threatened as the Indian has been and is? Here, Team Indian does good and bad, and Team White does good and bad, each according to its own internal dictates of morality and external dictates of practicality and need. His ambitiously broad sweep both geographically and chronologically, his diligent research, his masterful grasp of both strategy and tactics, but above all his beautiful written style made Peter Cozzens our unanimous winner." A balanced and engaging read. While I do not agree with all of Cozzens points, this is by far one of the finest pieces of American history I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Start by marking “The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West” as Want to Read: Error rating book. this book starts out with a statement from the author that suggests that the book Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee has been the only substantial book about Indian history for many years. Our treatment of the Indian is an outrage.”, Spur Award Nominee for Best Western Historical Nonfiction (2017), See 2 questions about The Earth Is Weeping…, The Smithsonian Top History Books of 2016, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West, 36 of the Most Anticipated Mysteries and Thrillers of 2021.