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

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Macmillan, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 573 pages
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Russell Means was the most controversial American Indian leader of our time. Where White Men Fear to Tread is the well-detailed, first-hand story of his life, in which he did everything possible to dramatize and justify the American Indian aim of self-determination, such as storming Mount Rushmore, seizing Plymouth Rock, running for President in 1988, and--most notoriously--leading 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."

 

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I have absolute total empathy for Means and his position in life. That said, the book was a bit hard to read and could have used an editor to bring his story together better. I understand not wanting ... Read full review

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Means could have used a better copy editor. Though from the stories he told, he's one stubborn SOB, the publisher probably tried to real him in and this is the best they got. I tried reading the dead ... Read full review

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Contents

1 Tiyospaye
9
2 Early Years
23
3 Vallejo
28
4 San Leandro
45
5 Winnebago
51
6 Dealing
56
7 The Irish Pup
66
8 Fatherhood and the Hustle
76
30 Waiting for Trial
294
31 The Trial
299
32 Political Theater
311
33 A Government of by and for the Liars
322
34 Ordeals by Trials
333
35 The Sioux Falls Massacre
343
36 On Trial for Murder
353
37 Sobriety
364

9 San Francisco
93
Cio
105
11 Grandpa John and Dad
121
12 The Intertribal Car
130
14 Cleveland
141
15 The American Indian Movement
149
16 Handpicked Apples
162
17 Mayflower II
174
18 The Sun Dance
179
19 Moses Cleaveland
191
20 Raymond Yellow Thunder
194
21 Red Ribbon Grand Juries
202
22 Schism
208
23 Works for the People
213
24 The Trail of Broken Treaties
222
25 Scourge of the Plains
236
26 The Path to Wounded Knee
249
27 The Siege of Wounded Knee
257
28 Hunkering Down
274
29 White Lies
284
38 The Longest Walk
374
39 Prison
382
40 Black Hills Alliance
397
41 Tatuye Topa Najinwin
403
42 Yellow Thunder
407
43 Catch The Bear
419
45 Fighting among Ourselves
432
46 Larry Flynt
442
47 Gloria
448
48 Nicaragua
459
49 Moonies and Libertarians
477
50 Indian Banana Republics
489
51 The Outlaw Navajo Government
499
52 The Movies
510
53 Goodby Columbus Day
518
54 Treatment
523
Epilogue
533
Appendix
545
Index
555
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About the author (1995)

Russell Means (1939-2012), was a renowned political activist for the rights of American Indian people in the United States, Central and South America, and internationally through the United Nations. Born an Oglala/Lakota, he was raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation near the Black Hills, and then in Vallejo, California. He also appeared frequently on television programs and series, as well as alongside Daniel Day Lewis in the film The Last of the Mohicans.

Marvin J. Wolf is an award-winning writer and member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. He lives in Los Angeles.

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