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Russell Means is the most controversial Indian leader of our time. Where White Men Fear to Tread is the well-detailed, first-hand story of his life so far, in which he has done everything possible to dramatize and justify the Native American aim of self-determination, such as storming Mount Rushmore, seizing Plymouth Rock, running for President in 1988, andmost notoriouslyleading a 71-day takeover of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in 1973. This visionary autobiography by one of our most magnetic personalities will fascinate, educate, and inspire. As Dee Brown has written, "A reading of Means's story is essential for any clear understanding of American Indians during the last half of the twentieth century."
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.24(w) x 9.27(h) x 1.69(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 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, and then in Vallejo, California. Now a grandfather with twenty-two grandchildren, Means divides his time between Chinle, Navajo Nation, Arizona, and Porcupine, North Dakota.
Marvin J. Wolf is an award-winning writer and member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. He lives in Los Angeles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
"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
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.
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.
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.