The Heart of Everything That Is by Bob Drury
The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend

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Messrs. Drury and Clavin's tale is lively, and it picks up pace considerably as we approach what would be known as the Fetterman Massacre—Red Cloud's triumph...In telling the story of Red Cloud, Messrs. Drury and Clavin appropriately bring a number of the larger-than-life figures from that time onstage.
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Synopsis

An acclaimed New York Times bestseller, selected by Salon as a best book of the year, the astonishing untold story of the life and times of Sioux warrior Red Cloud: “a page-turner with remarkable immediacy…and the narrative sweep of a great Western” (The Boston Globe).

Red Cloud was the only American Indian in history to defeat the United States Army in a war, forcing the government to sue for peace on his terms. At the peak of Red Cloud’s powers the Sioux could claim control of one-fifth of the contiguous United States and the loyalty of thousands of fierce fighters. But the fog of history has left Red Cloud strangely obscured. Now, thanks to the rediscovery of a lost autobiography, and painstaking research by two award-winning authors, the story of the nineteenth century’s most powerful and successful Indian warrior can finally be told.

In The Heart of Everything That Is, Bob Drury and Tom Clavin restore Red Cloud to his rightful place in American history in a sweeping and dramatic narrative based on years of primary research. As they trace the events leading to Red Cloud’s War, they provide intimate portraits of the many lives Red Cloud touched—mountain men such as Jim Bridger; US generals like William Tecumseh Sherman, who were charged with annihilating the Sioux; fearless explorers, such as the dashing John Bozeman; and the memorable warriors whom Red Cloud groomed, like the legendary Crazy Horse. And at the center of the story is Red Cloud, fighting for the very existence of the Indian way of life.

“Unabashed, unbiased, and disturbingly honest, leaving no razor-sharp arrowhead unturned, no rifle trigger unpulled....a compelling and fiery narrative” (USA TODAY), this is the definitive chronicle of the conflict between an expanding white civilization and the Plains Indians who stood in its way.
 

About Bob Drury

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Bob Drury and Tom Clavin are the New York Times bestselling authors of Halsey's Typhoon and The Last Stand of Fox Company.
 
Published November 5, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 433 pages
Genres: History, War, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Oct 20 2013

Sharply honed life of the only American Indian leader to definitively beat the United States in war, short-lived though the defeat might have been.

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Publishers Weekly

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on Aug 12 2013

...the manuscript for Red Cloud’s 1893 autobiography lay in a drawer at the Nebraska State Historical Society into the 1990s. Thanks to that work and the authors’ extensive, additional scholarship, readers now have access to a much more thorough, comprehensive understanding of the Plains Indians’ brutal and tragically...

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by CHRISTOPHER CORBETT on Nov 22 2013

Messrs. Drury and Clavin's tale is lively, and it picks up pace considerably as we approach what would be known as the Fetterman Massacre—Red Cloud's triumph...In telling the story of Red Cloud, Messrs. Drury and Clavin appropriately bring a number of the larger-than-life figures from that time onstage.

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Star Tribune

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Reviewed by CHUCK HAGA on Dec 28 2013

The narrative is gripping but not sentimental, and it is well-sourced, drawing, for example, on Red Cloud’s autobiography, lost for nearly a century, and the papers of many others who knew Red Cloud’s War.

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Dallas News

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Reviewed by DALE L. WALKER on Nov 23 2013

The last 30 pages of this impressive no-holds-barred history is devoted to the brutal Fetterman battle — actually a by-definition massacre — that changed any lackadaisical attitude toward the Indians’ efforts to defend their Powder River homelands.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Reviewed by Robert Ursin on Feb 16 2014

Many interesting things are discussed in detailing portions of Red Cloud's life, but too little of his war with the United States is told, with the exception of his initial victory. With an abundance of sources available during this time one would think that it would merit better than an honorable mention.

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Susan Lee

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Reviewed by Amy O'Loughlin on Jun 18 2014

...in The Heart of Everything That Is, Bob Drury and Tom Clavin make the case that a relatively obscure Oglala Lakota chief called Red Cloud was actually the era’s most fearsome and effective Indian leader...MDrury and Clavin are among the first historians to draw from Red Cloud’s little-known autobiography.

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Booking Mama

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Reviewed by Booking Pap Pap on Jan 06 2014

THE HEART OF EVERYTHING THAT IS is an interesting book about a significant chapter in American history. The authors did a great amount of research and relied on a long lost autobiography of Red Cloud to tell their story... I recommend this book to anyone interested in this important segment of American history.

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Reviewed by Paul B. Kennedy on Jan 30 2014

...explore the life and times of the great Sioux warrior, Red Cloud. The book is a fascinating look at the history of the Sioux Nation and its war with the United States - the only war up until Vietnam that the US ended up on the losing side.

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