Where White Men Fear to Tread: The Autobiography of Russell Means

Where White Men Fear to Tread: The Autobiography of Russell Means

by Russell Means, Marvin J. Wolf

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BN ID: 2940151904087
Publisher: Antenna Books
Publication date: 04/30/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 300,112
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Russell Means, born an Oglala/Lakota in 1939, was raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation near the Black Hills, South Dakota and then in Vallejo, California. Means divided his time between Chinle, Navajo Nation, Arizona, and Porcupine, South Dakota. He was married five times, and was the father of seven children and three adopted children. An activist, actor, writer, painter, and singer, Means passed away in 2012 at the age of 72. His ashes were scattered in his beloved Black Hills.


I began my career in the media as a U.S. Army combat photographer in Vietnam. Assigned to a public information section, I soon saw that writing was an important adjunct to my photo work. In Vietnam I worked for Charles Siler, one of the finest officers ever to serve his country, and had the great good fortune to meet and become friends with some of the world's greatest reporters and photographers, including Nobel laureate author John Steinbeck, Jonathan Fenby, Peter Arnett, Horst Faas, and many others. These men were generous with their time and wisdom and helped put me on the path to becoming a writer. As I made the transition from magazine writing to longer forms, I was encouraged to specialize but found that I was interested in so many things that I found it impossible to choose only one. Instead I became a frequent collaborator, helping such notables as Native American leader Russell Means and former South Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky with their autobiographies. I also developed an appreciation for suspense and intrigue that inevitably led me to write about crime. About 2001 I took a segue into film, and had a short but interesting career writing for television. That helped me to create a character that I've put into the Rabbi Ben Mysteries. The first of these books, "For Whom The Shofar Blows," debuted on Amazon.com in November 2011. Thanks for visiting this page, and remember that habitual readers are smarter and have more well-rounded personalities.

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Where White Men Fear to Tread: The Autobiography of Russell Means 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a white man, I am ashamed to say the first time I heard of Russell Means was when I saw 'Last of the Mohicans'. I thought he was a full-time actor. That compelled me to buy the book 'Where White Men Fear To Tread'. After reading the book, I respect and admire Mr. Means for what he is doing on behalf of his people. Fighting the U.S. Government after decades of oppression has given me a great deal of respect for Mr. Means and the Indian nation in general. Continued success to Mr. Means for the fight for freedom and respect for his people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So the critics say, Russell Means is only in it for attention? They say, his historical facts are all wrong? And I guess your history is perfect...I guess Columbus discovered America. I guess Russell Means didn't get stabbed, shot at, beaten, jailed in the 70s for causes, but because he wanted attention. What happened to intelligent critics, there are none, that's why they have jobs as critics. Read this book yourself and you will find the passion of one man who has stood up for his family, his people, and his beliefs. You will learn a lot about life, spirtuality, American History, and Justice. To me, I learned a lot from this book regarding the Government, World Culture, and Sprituality. This is a great book about an activist. So what if he acts in movies? So what he seeks attention, he has a very important cause that needs attention. You will notice that the crtics don't mention Means's TREATY schools, and other organziations he has started and works with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Where White Men Fear to Tread" is a book that will stand alone in my heart as one of the best books I have ever read. It was given to me by a fellow member of the Native American Church while I was attending in New Mexico. I felt the urge to read, read and read more as my eyes took in his words! I would carry it everywhere. It gave me so much insight as to how Russell Means grew up, all the conflicts he had to deal with and all the lies he was told. The part about the Fort Laramie treaty and how the government took the land back from the Lakotas, Nakotas and Dakota is disgraceful in my eyes. Then they have the nerve to call us Indian givers. This book will open up your eyes to what really happens outside your prefect world. It is time for a wake up call. Also in closing I would like to say my hopes and prayers are to Russell on his path to become Governor of New Mexico. This book shall breath life into you and make you smile, shake your head in understanding and shake your fist at the way the government treats the Native Americans. Mitaku Oyasin
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 500+ pages of this book appear intimidating at first, but this is a book that is hard to stop reading. I bought this book after visiting the Pine Ridge Reservation. Means paints a vivid portrait of life on the reservation. The 1973 conflict with the federal government at Wounded Knee is probably the highlight of the book. Means has been shot three times, stabbed, and has been in countless fights for his beliefs. He is a man who walks the walk, which is rare these days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Russell Means' book is an eye-opening account of the injustices suffered by American Indians, even today. Unfortunately, because the media rarely chronicles reservation life, few of us know what Means calls 'American Apartheid.' Oh, well: 'Out of Sight, Out of Mind' is too prevalent an attitude in America.
arning on LibraryThing 8 months ago
You read "Bury my heart at Wounded Knee" and think how could my country treat a people so badly. Then you read this book about my generation and realize it still going on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe what Russel wrote and have turned my mind about history around. I now hurt because I better understand the atrocities so many in this country have suffered. I am white, and believed the white’s history, but Russel has so many indisputable statistics that counter what I learned in my youth I cannot deny the government and white man’s horrid behavior. The book was very enlightening, even when I found him, at times, drone on a specific item that I think could have been shorter but still as poignant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is unfortunate that I only read this book after Mr. Means passing last year. a remarable tome about life for the Naitve American. A must eead for those who wish more of thestruggles of the American Indian in the latter half of the 20th century, a struggle that continues today.