The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend (Hardcover)

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The Heart Of Everything That Is tells the story of the uncompromising, fierce and unsung Oglala Sioux warrior-statesman, Red Cloud, who was the only Plains Indian to defeat the U.S. Army. (Ron)

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November 2013
The authors present the epic story of Red Cloud, the only Native American tribal leader to defeat the U.S. Army in the West. Red Cloud could be vicious and savage and he used those attributes to achieve power. But he could also show patience and restraint in his efforts to defeat the Army's expansion into the Powder River country of present-day Wyoming. This book presents an important chapter in American history that needed to be told, using Red Cloud's own autobiography as a major source. -- George Rishel, The Sly Fox, Virden, IL

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In the bestselling tradition of Empire of the Summer Moon, this is the untold story of Red Cloud, the most powerful Indian commander of the Plains who witnessed the opening of the West.

The great Oglala Sioux chief Red Cloud was the only Plains Indian to defeat the United States Army in a war, forcing the American government to sue for peace in a conflict named for him. At the peak of their chief’s powers, the Sioux could claim control of one-fifth of the contiguous United States. But unlike Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, or Geronimo, the fog of history has left Red Cloud strangely obscured. Now, thanks to painstaking research by two award-winning authors, his incredible story can finally be told.

Born in 1821 in what is now Nebraska, Red Cloud grew up an orphan who overcame myriad social disadvantages to advance in Sioux culture. Through fearless raids against neighboring tribes, like the Crow and Pawnee, he acquired a reputation as the best leader of his fellow warriors, catapulting him into the Sioux elite—and preparing him for the epic struggle his nation would face with an expanding United States. Drawing on a wealth of evidence that includes Red Cloud’s 134-page autobiography, lost for nearly a hundred years, Bob Drury and Tom Clavin bring their subject to life again in a narrative that climaxes with Red Cloud’s War—a conflict whose massacres presaged the Little Bighorn and ensured Red Cloud’s place in the pantheon of Native American legends.

A story as big as the West, with portraits of General William Tecumsah Sherman, explorer John Bozeman, mountain man Jim Bridger, Red Cloud protégé Crazy Horse, and many others, The Heart of Everything That Is not only places you at the center of the conflict over western expansion, but finally gives our nation’s greatest Indian war leader the modern-day recognition he deserves.

About the Author


Bob Drury and Tom Clavin are the New York Times bestselling authors of Halsey's Typhoon and The Last Stand of Fox Company.

Praise for The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend…


eoeThe word e~epice(TM) is overused these days. Not here. This is big, blazing history, writ large on the High Plains. Clavin and Drury handle it beautifully. Through the striking historical figure of Red Cloud, they tell story of the Sioux Nation and of the fight for the American West.e
-S.C. Gwynne

eoeFinally we have the full story of Red Cloud, told without the sentimentality and delusional romance that too many white historians bring to the American native tribes. The Powder River country of the West entrapped two equally objectionable groupse"the soldiers that Washington sent to decimate the tribes, and the tribes themselves, who had been slaughtering each other for centuries. That stirring but bloodthirsty era deserves an honest treatment like this.e
-Rinker Buck

eoeHistories of the Sioux Wars have too often cast all other warriors into the shadow of Crazy Horse.Drury and Clavin shine welcome light on Red Cloud, a brilliant leader and military strategist whose life was an important part of this brutal and decisive movement in Americae(TM)s history.This is an absorbing and evocative examination of the endgame in the three-hundred-year war between Native Americans and settlers of European descent.e
-Charles Frazier

eoeRed Cloud is one of the great figures in nineteenth-century Americae(TM)s tortured relationships with the many peoples who occupied our country before we took it. Finally, there is a portrait worthy of the man, fully drawn and realized, all the complicated undertow acknowledged and embraced.e
-Ken Burns

Product Details ISBN-10: 1451654669
ISBN-13: 9781451654660
Published: Simon & Schuster, 11/05/2013
Pages: 400
Language: English