Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Scouring Books: Where White Men Fear to Tread

Where White Men Fear to Tread
autobiography of Russell Means w/Marvin J. Wolf

Originally published in 1995, this is the autobiography of one of the towering Native Americans of the 20th Century. You may be forgiven for not knowing there were towering Native American figures in the 20th Century, because when this subject is talked about at all, it's the wars of other centuries, trails of tears, and that Indian who literally shed a tear in a TV commercial people bring up, not to mention casino money and a few pop figures. In fact, if it weren't for the entertainment world and a few sports figures, you might be forgiven to forget there are actually any Native Americans still in existence. Russell Means dedicated his life to the continuing struggle of the Indian cause, which included iconoclastic moments at Mount Washington, Plymouth Rock, and Wounded Knee. He ran for the presidency in 1988. This book stands as a testament to his legacy, whether the general public has been aware of it or not.

Bookshelf status: unread so far.

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