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Posted May 20, 2000
SACAJAWEA: Her True Story is a stunning new book. It is a beautfully written and starkly documented biography of America's all-time most memorialized female. It is also vitally important because it defines when (1884) and where (Wyoming) Sacajawea died and where (Wyoming's Wind River Reservation) she is buried. This is in sharp contrast to noted historians such as Steven Ambrose who claim Sacajawea died in 1812 in South Dakota. I defy Ambrose or anyone else to challenge Mr. Haney's conclusions and documentations. Like him, I have long considered Sacajawea my favorite historical figure, especially since I am now daily reminded of her because of her latest memorial, the Year 2000 Golden Sacajawea Dollar Coin. Thus, I have waited for such a book, and I treasure it. It makes me wonder if anointed historians, such as Ambrose, can get away with murder along with their dispensing of usually unchallenged misinformation.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 13, 2000
The Year 2000 Golden Dollar Coin rekindled my interest in Sacajawea and in discussing it with a friend I was informed of Rich Haney's new book 'Sacajawea: Her True Story.' I ordered it that day and now prize it like no other. Beautifully written and superbly documented, I believe it is a vastly important book that, to my satisfaction, delineates 1884 and the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming as the time and place of Sacajawea's death. I had been skeptical of claims by noted historians such as Steven Ambrose and Ken Burns that Sacajawea died in 1812 in South Dakota, but at last Rich Haney successfully challenges that fallacy. And whether Sacajawea died in 1812 or in 1884, and where she is buried, is, I think, vitally important. After all, she was already by far the most memorialized female in American history, even prior to the Year 2000 Golden Dollar Coin that will forever bear her image. This little book -- whether or not it ever attains celebritism T-V exposure -- is a treasure.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.