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

Written by:
Tom Clavin , Bob Drury
Narrated by:
George Newbern

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2013
12 hours 5 minutes
This acclaimed New York Times bestselling biography of the legendary Sioux warrior Red Cloud, is “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 this astonishing untold story of the American West, 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.
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One of the best books I’ve read about the Sioux. Historical accuracy meets great storytelling.

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Christopher Zott

Enjoyed this book very much. Learned so much of Red Cloud and his influences. The book,I felt, was balanced in its detailing of all the horrendous acts on the frontier on both sides. It was a great example of history story telling. Only as they say fact is always stranger than fiction.

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Kenneth Johnson

When I'm done listening I'm sure I will buy the book and read it again, exceptionally well written.

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glenice nickel

Well written and will read enjoyed the great depth and detail depicting the travesties inflicted upon the American Indians by a current government. Unfortunately it has not ended

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James Ziegler

It's a book that is more then just about Chief Red Cloud, it's about the entire indian nation at its pinnacle. The author does a excellent job of explaining the details and keeping you enthralled! I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves American history.

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