Peter Cozzens discusses The Earth is Weeping with Dan Weinberg, proprietor of the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop. If you love mysteries and thrillers, get ready for dozens... To see what your friends thought of this book. We f*cked up the Middle East and now let's do that to Asia. 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. west of the Mississippi) from the end of the Civil War to the final defeat of Geronimo in the 1890s—the last 40 years of a 400-year confrontation. 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. ... Goodreads reviews for The Earth is Weeping. I had not read much about the Indian Wars. Smithsonian Magazine chose it as one of the ten best history books of 2016. 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. It's truly tragic and another shameful chapter of manifest destiny. The Earth Is Weeping is the most lucid and reliable history of the Indian Wars in recent memory. The aggressors did not see the Indians as equals, nor, by labeling them as savages, were they considered men. A Smithsonian Top History Book of 2016 A Times (UK) Book of the Year 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 … The Sioux are expelled from their land—which they conquered only ten years before by slaughtering the previous inhabitants with extreme brutality. It's a lot to cover, and the author does an impressive job. It seems to me that he did a good job of it. The author even attempts to make the argument that both Natives and Europeans were immigrants. However, it should be noted that this book is like all the others covering this chapter of our history; it is sad, disturbing, tragic, brutal, and disappointing. Not every white man was racist or apathetic to the Native Americans plight. Lincoln told him that the only way the Indians could survive the migration of whites to the Indian lands in the Great Plains was to become "civilized" and farm their land on their reservations like the white people. Left out, though, or dealt with only in passing, are the American settlers and long suffering Mexican peasants who also suffered. The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West, In the past few years I have read several books dealing with individual Native Americans or with some of the theaters of operation in the conflicts with native Americans. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It ought to be pointed out that every successful campaign the army fought against the Indians had large numbers of other Indians, even from the same tribes, fighting alongside them. If you are looking for the definitive one-volume overview of United States' conquest of the American West (1860-1891), in my opinion this is it. There were certainly characteristics of the book that compelled me to rate what might otherwise have received 5 stars, this lower rating. 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. This book introduces the characters and places them in their geographical and chronological contexts. The white man systematically wiped out scores of Indians from North America. The Earth is Weeping begins with the Sioux Uprising in Minnesota in 1862, which ended with the largest mass hanging in American history, and terminates with the massacre at Wounded Knee in … Cozzens begins his narrative with the 1866 resistance movement led by Red Cloud. Reading the history of this era I have tried to imagine a better, less tragic, way things could have been handled. 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. Considering what I have seen in Cozzens' other books, this was to be expected. No one ever mentions " genocide ", but it truly was. The Earth Is Weeping is the most lucid and reliable history of the Indian Wars in recent memory." The eye and the mind strain to examine too directly and too long this repetitive chronicle of avarice and deception, bloodshed and misery. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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. by Knopf. The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West . A good thorough account of the wars from 1851 to 1890. The Earth Is Weeping The Earth Is Weeping chronicles the Indian Wars for the American West in their totality. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published “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. He begins his account with a brief pre-Civil War synopsis, beginning in earnest in 1865 and continues his narrative through the incident at Wounded Knee. by MONDADORI, Published October 25th 2016 Basically from the end of the Civil War to Wounded Knee (25 years) the Indian way of life was destroyed in a generation. It depicts the Indian Wars in intimate detail and seems to miss out very little. His The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West was published by Alfred A. Knopf in October 2016. The Earth Is Weeping is a sweeping, definitive history of the battles and negotiations that destroyed the Indian way of life even as they paved the way for the emergence of the United States we know today. --Victor Davis Hanson, author of Carnage and Culture "A comprehensive assessment of the wars for control of the American West. Amazing, and why couldn’t this be required reading to all high school history classes. 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. The soldiers, Crook, Miles, Sherman and Sheridan are all accorded their roles in the saga. 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. 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 railroads spread across Indian land and Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse’s raids drove the Northern Pacific into bankruptcy and the nation into a depression. 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. A truly wonderful book depicting the murder of native americans by the U.S. government. Cozzens disagrees with the overall structure of this interpretation, while never doubting that America was certainly in the wrong. He crisply recounts battles and personalities both familiar (Custer's Last Stand, Geronimo's Apache terror campaign) and obscure (California's Modoc War, the extirpation of the Utes) while offering often-penetr. But he asserts that book was told solely from the point of view of the Indian and is thus biased. He assesses both the Army and the various tribes it struggled with, the leaders on both sides and enough of engagements to give structure to his sweeping history of the campaign. "You need Apaches to track Apaches," said one officer. 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. The current narrative of the Indian Wars is one where evil whites come and take the land from helpless Indians. A disappointing way to end the year. Twists, turns, red herrings, the usual suspects: These books have it all...and more. 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. For those who have found themselves at cross-purposes with their mission, in this most recent conflict, you might appreciate Peter Cozzens’ perspective of the US Army in its conflict with the Plains Indians in the post-Civil War period. The Earth Is Weeping is history and good history, but there's much more narrative, description, and biographical portrait than there is analysis. Lots of detailed descriptions of battles and skirmishes, which grew boring for me, and I sometimes felt like I was missing the forest for the trees with this book. And then we are sent out there to kill them. PaperBack by Peter Cozzens. The white man (and the Mexican, and the white man’s numerous Indian allies) usually breaks treaties and sometimes kills women and children. —Victor Davis Hanson, author of Carnage and Culture "A comprehensive assessment of the wars for control of the American West. He spoke at the 17th annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. by Athenaeum - Polak & Van Gennep, Published October 25th 2016 This book was a page turner from beginning to end, and was an easy read for somebody not very well versed in the history that it discusses. The eye and the mind strain to examine too directly and too long this repetitive chronicle of avarice and deception, bloodshed and misery. Published October 25th 2016 Refresh and try again. 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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. There were certainly characteristics of the book that compelled me to rate what might otherwise have received 5 stars, this lower rating. I rarely, if ever, give five stars. 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 rivalries and historic animosities between the various tribes is mentioned, but not explored as thoroughly as in other works, such as S.C. Gwynne's, I would actually give this book a 3 and a half. The Earth Is Weeping is the most lucid and reliable history of the Indian Wars in recent memory. Wonderful country **sarcasm**. 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. His book The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West, published by Alfred A. Knopf in October 2016. He seemed to ignore the fact that it was not Native Americans who invaded Europe, lie to the people, push them out of the way and if they resisted kill them. This book introduces the characters and places them in their geographical and chronological contexts. Cozzens also is a retired Foreign Service Officer, U. S. Department of State. These were mostly wars of conquest. Review written by Jerry Lenaburg. Other books I've read offered more details regarding the specific events occurring in specific limited areas of these conflicts and more detail regarding the participants but this book covered every aspect of all the various areas and tribes involved in conflicts with the whites. 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. While the events of the various conflicts and lives of the relevant participants are thoroughly and astutely detailed, the author does not expressly identify the central disturbing irony of so-titled Indian Wars, which is that those wars occurred immediately following a conflict intended to re-unify a nation "conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal" and resulted in depriving the original Americans of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as they knew it, as well as denying them the freedoms of speech in their native tongues and practicing their respective religions. 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." My familiarity was with names of individuals and battles without much continuity. The Sioux are expelled from their land—. 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. Reviews from Goodreads.com. by ATLANTIC BOOKS, Published October 25th 2016 The Earth is Weeping from Dymocks online bookstore. Suppose that in a spirit of justice, this superior race should recognize the fact that it was in duty bound to place food in our mouths and blankets on our backs, what would we do in the premises? 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. 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. It appeared more like genocide. A brilliant book! Hence much-maligned figures like George Crook, Nelson Miles and even Custer receive sympathetic treatment (not so much Sheridan and Sherman). The Earth is Weeping : The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West 4.24 (1,623 ratings by Goodreads) Army." The author started the book with an interesting comment. Welcome back. In April 1863, Chief Lean Bear of the Southern Cheyennes met with President Abraham Lincoln. Peter Cozzens is a Foreign Service officer who has written previously on the Civil War but recently turned his attention to various aspects of the Indian Wars. The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West. Even at Wounded Knee the Indians gave the soldiers ample reason to distrust all of them. The book is also very fact driven but also tells an evenhanded story, both depict. No one ever mentions " genocide ", but it truly was. 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. Summer Sale Buy One Get One 50% off. by Athenaeum, Polak & Van Gennep, Published April 6th 2017 It's to counter the what he calls one-sided narrative since 1970 that Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee ushered in- the Army was hell bent on genocide of Indians. That would make them migrants, not immigrants, and it seems very disrespectful to make any other argument. So much miscommunication and then deceit in our dealings with each other. All tribes tell the same story. A truly wonderful book depicting the murder of native americans by the U.S. government. 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. First, it is well written and researched, the writing flows, and the prose keeps the reader engaged. They scorched and burned the Middle East and left it in chaos and now they are pivoting to Asia. I had not read much about the Indian Wars. 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. For those who have found themselves at cross-purposes with their mission, in this most recent conflict, you might appreciate Peter Cozzens’ perspective of the US Army in its conflict with the Plains Indians in the post-Civil War period. When I was young, THE book to read on the various American Indian wars was, “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. Army." Suppose a race superior to mine were to land upon the shores of this great continent, trade or cheat us out of our land foot by foot, gradually encroach upon our domain until we were finally driven, a degraded, demoralized band into a small corner of the continent, where to live at all it was necessary to steal, perhaps to do worse? However, it's hard not to dismiss the numerous atrocities and assassinations of Indian leaders perpetuated on the Army's watch. The Earth Is Weeping Written by Peter Cozzens Review by Edward James This is surely the definitive work on the Indian Wars in the American West (i.e. 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. Of course, given the historiography of the past fifty years, an even-handed look necessarily inverts the traditional narrative. And in today's headlines in the Dakotas we are walking the same talk with the DAPL. The Earth Is Weeping book. But I learned a lot. the earth is weeping the epic story of the indian wars for the american west. - Victor Davis Hanson, author of CARNAGE AND CULTURE. So why this book? It is an outrage. A brilliant book! The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West by Peter Cozzens book review. 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 … For anyone looking for a book providing an overview of the entire history of our Indian wars I can think of no better choice than this volume. The U.S. never acknowledges this and to this day think that they are the superior nation on earth. It depicts the Indian Wars in intimate detail and seems to miss out very little. Amazon selected it as a Best Book of November 2016. 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. The Earth Is Weeping is the most lucid and reliable history of the Indian Wars in recent memory." by Vintage, Published October 25th 2016 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. Aptly titled this epic retelling of the Indian Wars is both objective and sobering. “The Earth is Weeping” is a thorough history of the Indian Wars from the end of The Civil War to the battle of Wounded Knee in 1890. One might dispute Cozzens' characterizations, but his vivid portrait is thorough, compelling and ultimately tragic. Thu, November 3, 2016 - Historian Peter Cozzens offers an evenhanded look at that bloody struggle between whites and Native Americans, drawing from his new book The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West. by Knopf. This is incredibly unbiased and a fascinating read. 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