Currently Reading: Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee

I’ve just finished Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick about the journey and beginnings of the Plymouth colony and the events of the first 50yrs that set up Native and Westerner relations for the centuries that followed. Wow… Just wow.

I’m a reader and a buff of 19th century interactions between the two people groups, having read quite a few books in recent years on our subjugation and genocidal conquest of the Native Peoples of the Americas, but I had never delved into the actual history of our National Myths of the founding of our country. Again I say… Wow, just… Wow.

From the very beginning the English and Europeans stole, lied to, tortured and murdered their way to supremacy. Philbrick did a great job of telling the history from actual accounts and records on both sides. Whatever you may think of the Pilgrims and Puritans as you celebrate this Thanksgiving… Please read this book sometime in the next few months. It’s well written and researched and it’s depressing.

From here I’ll be turning my attention to the next book in Non-Fiction November reading. The 40yr old classic on the subject, Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown. This one brings us back to the 19th century dealing with testimonies from various Native American sources regarding their interactions with the American Government. Roughly dealing with the period between 1860 and 1890.

I’ve had this book on my shelf from a Bookmans purchase for about 2yrs, but having finished Mayflower I’m feeling inclined to read this one now as well. Hopefully to finish by Thanksgiving or at least the month’s end.

What are you reading? Will you be reading only non-fiction this month? Why not have a go and share.

-mike

Currently Reading: Mayflower

Good morning all you readers out there in WordPress land. I recently finished, Krakatoa by Simon Winchester. Just today actually. It was my fourth book by him that I’ve read.

  • Krakatoa,
  • Korea,
  • The Men who United the States and
  • The Map that Changed the World.

I now turn my attention to Nathaniel Philbrick and his 2006 book Mayflower. My wife read this one a couple of years ago and recommended it as my next Non-fiction November book read. I’ve read and still have on my shelf a book by him titled The Last Stand about Crazy Horse, Custer and the 19th Century American West. I really enjoyed that book and his writing style.

I’m looking forward to reading about the journey and founding of the colonies here in the US. She’s warned me that the last part of the book is most depressing from a historical point of view. Really, what we Europeans did to the Native Peoples who were already here and thriving should be studied and restudied every year around Thanksgiving and Columbus Day. It’s why I have a small collection of books on the impact of European invasion and colonization on the Americas.

So here goes… Currently Reading… Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. What are you reading? Will you be reading only non-fiction this month? Why not have a go and share.

-mike