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Lakota America

A New History of Indigenous Power
Written by: Pekka Hamalainen
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Length: 17 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: History, Americas

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The first comprehensive history of the Lakota Indians and their profound role in shaping America's history

This first complete account of the Lakota Indians traces their rich and often surprising history from the early 16th to the early 21st century. Pekka Hämäläinen explores the Lakotas' roots as marginal hunter-gatherers and reveals how they reinvented themselves twice: first as a river people who dominated the Missouri Valley, America's great commercial artery, and then - in what was America's first sweeping westward expansion - as a horse people who ruled supreme on the vast high plains.   

The Lakotas are imprinted in American historical memory. Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, and Sitting Bull are iconic figures in the American imagination, but in this groundbreaking book they emerge as something different: the architects of Lakota America, an expansive and enduring Indigenous regime that commanded human fates in the North American interior for generations. Hämäläinen's deeply researched and engagingly written history places the Lakotas at the center of American history, and the results are revelatory.

©2019 Pekka Hämäläinen (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Scott Klinger
  • 04-11-19

What an eye=opening history

I learned a lot from this well-written and well-read book. The Lakotas were an equal empire to the US until after the Civil War. They succeeded because of their ability to adapt -- to be shapeshifters.

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  • Marc Twain
  • 09-03-20

More of an outsiders view of the Lakota.

This really isn't a history of the Lakota versus an outside view of interaction with them over the years. Yes, I realize that is often the case when writing about historical issues, especially on a people with limited written history. I did enjoy learning about tribal politics, which is under represented in writing, and that is the only reason I finished the book at all. This just wasn't a history of the Lakota people.

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  • gary ashley
  • 07-01-20

second time I've listen to it

After the second time I've listened to this I feel it is a very well written and a good source of information. Your not going to find anyone source better than this and I have read a lot of books on the Lakota. Being an enrolled member of the Lower Brule Sioux tribe. This is my favorite subject to study. It is well worth the time if your not familiarly with a lot of the history you can read Fur fortunate and empire to accompany this book and you would have a good grasp of the early American history and the fur trade. And how it shaped this country