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  • Paperback: 573 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; St Martin's Griffin ed edition (1 Dec. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312147619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312147617
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 4.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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"It's impossible to stop reading ÝMean's¨ gripping autobiography . . . Few readers will leave the book without feeling profoundly altered by the authenticity of Mean's story. It's American history--warts, wounds, and all."--"San Francisco Chronicle Book Review"
"Mean's tale gives one a visceral understanding of today's Indians, their ancestors, and the many betrayals they have suffered."--"Chicago Tribune"
"Not since war chiefs such as Geronimo or Crazy Horse has an Indian leader so polarized the American public as Russell Means."--"Dallas Morning News"
"One of the biggest, baddest, meanest, angriest, most famous American Indian activists of the late twentieth century."--"The Washington Post"


"It's impossible to stop reading [Mean's] gripping autobiography . . . Few readers will leave the book without feeling profoundly altered by the authenticity of Mean's story. It's American history--warts, wounds, and all."--"San Francisco Chronicle Book Review"
"Mean's tale gives one a visceral understanding of today's Indians, their ancestors, and the many betrayals they have suffered."--"Chicago Tribune"
"Not since war chiefs such as Geronimo or Crazy Horse has an Indian leader so polarized the American public as Russell Means."--"Dallas Morning News"
"One of the biggest, baddest, meanest, angriest, most famous American Indian activists of the late twentieth century."--"The Washington Post"


It's impossible to stop reading [Mean's] gripping autobiography . . . Few readers will leave the book without feeling profoundly altered by the authenticity of Mean's story. It's American history--warts, wounds, and all. "San Francisco Chronicle Book Review"

Mean's tale gives one a visceral understanding of today's Indians, their ancestors, and the many betrayals they have suffered. "Chicago Tribune"

Not since war chiefs such as Geronimo or Crazy Horse has an Indian leader so polarized the American public as Russell Means. "Dallas Morning News"

One of the biggest, baddest, meanest, angriest, most famous American Indian activists of the late twentieth century. "The Washington Post""

It's impossible to stop reading [Mean's] gripping autobiography . . . Few readers will leave the book without feeling profoundly altered by the authenticity of Mean's story. It's American history--warts, wounds, and all. San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

Mean's tale gives one a visceral understanding of today's Indians, their ancestors, and the many betrayals they have suffered. Chicago Tribune

Not since war chiefs such as Geronimo or Crazy Horse has an Indian leader so polarized the American public as Russell Means. Dallas Morning News

One of the biggest, baddest, meanest, angriest, most famous American Indian activists of the late twentieth century. The Washington Post

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About the Author

Russell Means, born an Oglala/Lakota in 1939, was raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation near the Black Hills, and then in Vallejo, California. Now a grandfather with twenty-two grandchildren, Means divides his time between Chinle, Navajo Nation, Arizona, and Porcupine, North Dakota.

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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Slightly disappointed. Mr Means seems to take very little, if any, responsibility for his actions but writes as though every step of his life, decision, mistake, or failing, was either due simply to his status as an Native American or as the direct result of the "wasichus" racism. I accept the existence of inherent racism and classism. Sadly it has been, and is likely to remain, always thus but Mr Means revels in it, and his anger, for me, was at times misplaced. The book became very predictable and offered little by way of realistic solution or insight into improving the experience of the indigenous people of the US. Just my opinion, so buy it and see what you think.
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This is the best book i believe i have ever read; I've actually read it twice purely because there is so much information in it that i couldn't take it all in at first.

I personally took a dislike to the man (and believe now he's older he has sold himself out to the people he spent his life fighting against). I don't agree with the way he has done certain things, but I believe in everything he stands for and understand that there were certain things that had to be done to get the point across. At the end of the day he had to do what was right for him and his people at the time. It chronicles life as a native in the 20th century, and how himself, and his people have tried to get back what they are rightly owed, and to gain the respect that they so rightly deserve. How they want to be seen as equals and be allowed to be themselves.

It also chronicles the kind of man that he was; at times not the nicest person, but he is able to own up to his faults and face his own personal demons, which is no mean feat for anyone.

Many people outside the US see the Native people as some kind of magical, spiritual beings (almost deity like); they're not. They are real humans facing uphill struggles and battles that we (unless you are an indigenous person) could never understand. Russell brings those struggles to life in the way he tells his story. Whether you love or loathe him at the end of this book, you can't help but be touched by it in some way.

If you only read one book in your life, make it this book.
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His narrative on his experiences growing up and as an adult are interesting to say the least. Also has a lot of information on his work in AIM and the contributions he tried to make for his people, in freedom of rights and to improve situations in this country for Native Americans. Also some historical information about Wounded Knee, Alcatraz, and more.Your opinion might be different but I enjoyed the book. Don't let the amount of pages deter you. I was engrossed through the whole book.
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This is a big, heavy book that carries a message equally substantial. For every textbook about Indians written by anthropologists there should be one that comes straight from Indian Country, written (told) by those whose experiences we do not hear about often enough. Credit goes to Russell Means here for telling a story that rings with authority, grit, and, finally, hope.
Yet it is not only a story: Means's many opinions about aspects of white society--and of his own--had me marking numerous pages for later reference. And his most famous speech, included in the book's appendix, is a razor-sharp indictment of the (European) worldview that has in many ways yet to earn a respectful place in this world. Ultimately this book is about just that: Respect. "Indians are dying of sympathy," Means says. "What we want is RESPECT."
WHERE WHITE MEN FEAR TO TREAD, though long, is never tedious, doesn't tip-toe, and continues to pull the reader along. This is an important book, and I hope its message--rough edges and all--makes an impact.
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The most powerful book I have ever read. Russell Means has at least 9 lives as he takes us through his own struggle and the struggle of the Lakota and other Nations to be treated like decent American people. The story behind the battle to rid the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the story of Wounded Knee encampment and the American Indian Movement, but most of all the story of a true leader of his people Enough action in here to make at least 10 movies. Go Oliver Stone!
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Special Thanks to Russell Means for giving us the true story and a look inside what it means to be an indian,The trials and tribulations of being an indian in the early years,from the stories of his Grandmother to what really went down at Wounded Knee,to having a not so great dad.It really hit home,it was like reading my own life story with someone else playing the part.READ IT!AND UNDERSTAND!POWERFUL,POWERFUL STUFF!Thanks again Russell. John Shadowwolf Gunter (CHOCTAW)
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A fantastic read about a man who encountered so many hardships in his life and came out the other side stronger. He lived a very colorful life. Gives a detailed look into the life of native Americans Indians, and touches on their history and persecution. A large part of books deals with his battle with government institutions which were very tense and revolutionary. Also watch [...]

A great American
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