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Wounded Knee by Heather Cox Richardson
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Richardsons's book is phenomenally researched and reads well. By focusing on the political aspect of the Harrison administration, she presents a facet of Wounded Knee and the Indian Wars that is usually treated only peripherally.

This book would easily be five stars if not for the same poorly researched, regurgitated version of the actual battle of Wounded Knee. Like most every author in the past 50 years, she dismisses out of hand 90% of the testimonies and documents that exist in the National Archives. She has instead given way to reproducing the Native American oral history version of events, and cherry picking only those narratives that support her view, rather than a holistic view from perspectives of participants of both sides.
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May 31, 2014 – Shelved
May 31, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
May 31, 2014 – Shelved as: wounded-knee
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