Surviving Wounded Knee- Review - (out in Jan 2016)

Surviving Wounded Knee: The Lakotas and the Politics of Memory - David W. Grua

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.

 

                Grua’s book is one of those that every American should read, even if the prose can at times be a little dull.

                The book isn’t so much about the actual massacre itself, though Grua does gives a run-down so an unfamiliar reader, will be clued in, but about the way that the events were portrayed by each “side”.  I say “side” because it is hard to term women and children as a side.  What this means is how the American media at first described what happened and then the battle for truth, if not justice.

                While the prose is not gripping, there is enough here to anger the most ardent expansist apologist.  It is important reading for any American citizen.