WHERE WHITE MEN FEAR TO TREAD: The Autobiography of Russell Means

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

An overlong but often riveting account of the life of perhaps the most compelling American Indian of this century. Means has never been far from controversy, and in this autobiography, written with Marvin Wolf (Family Blood: The True Story of the Yom Kippur Murders, 1993), he covers nearly all those he has been tangled up in. From his street-punk days in San Francisco and Los Angeles, to his time ... Read full review

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User Review  - fulner - LibraryThing

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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This book is misleading and inaccurate. Means mentions the murder of my Mother by Harold Withorne. The authors statements are not based on the truth of what really happened, the evidence, etc. to the point that even my Mother's name was mis-spelled. I feel like a victim all over again. Means had no business mentioning my mother's name in his book, and publishing false facts regarding her murder and implying the innoncence of Harold Withorne. If he were alive, I would Sue him. He didn't care about the true facts of the case. He used the murder of my Mother to further his AIM agenda. 

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Love him or hate him, Russell Means was the public face of the re-birth of native american pride and self esteem, a true American revolutionary. Russell's life was a paradox, being flamboyant and humble at the same time, a drug and alcohol addict abandoning his multiple wives and kids and yet dedicated to those in need and the great cause of Indian self determination and treaty rights. Russell means was largely self taught and a man of great intellect. Many of his compatriots did not like him, felt he was grand standing, addicted to fame yet despite what was said and thought about him, he put the American Indian Movement on the map, he made America and the world at large aware of the plight and despair of America's indigenous peoples and for that he is a hero - an imperfect one, but which of America's recognized heroes were truly perfect ? It is a good read, gives a good insight into Russell Means' personality, the man and what he was about. Lets not see the petty flaws that surrounded Russell Means but focus on the big picture, the champion of his people and the land that he loved 

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I had to give this drivel a rating of none. Growing up I heard a lot about Means, the Aim movement, and the Country Club incident on Rosebud. My father is Tom Rhoads the red headed police chief Means loves to hate. It's amazing the facts Means left out. Perhaps he should re-read the witness statements of people his group held hostage and review the crime scene photo's. It's always amazing to me how big and bad some one tends to be telling their own story, after all that's all this work of fiction is....just a story. 

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I started reading this book round July 3rd 2012. I just completed it today 12-01-2013. After reading this and Black Elk Speaks, I think this should be a required reading for every student in America to read or at best recommended. Native American or not.

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