The Earth is WeepingPeter Cozzens
6 April 2017
Published by Atlantic Books
25 October 2016
Published by Atlantic Books
Winner of the Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History
In a sweeping narrative, Peter Cozzens tells the gripping story of the wars that destroyed native ways of life as the American nation continued its expansion onto tribal lands after the Civil War, setting off a conflict that would last nearly three decades.
By using original research and first-hand sources from both sides, Cozzens illuminates the encroachment experienced by the tribes and the tribal conflicts over whether to fight or make peace, and explores the squalid lives of soldiers posted to the frontier and the ethical quandaries faced by generals who often sympathized with their native enemies.
Bringing together a cast of fascinating characters, including Custer, Sherman, Grant and a host of other military and political figures, as well as great native leaders such as Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Geronimo and Red Cloud, The Earth is Weeping is the fullest account to date of how the West was won… and lost.
Extraordinary... Cozzens has stripped the myth from these stories, but he is such a superb writer that what remains is exquisite. Few writers possess the descriptive talent that the immensity of the American west demands.Gerard DeGroot
Cozzens does an exceptional job of examining the viewpoints of both sides, making heavy use of previously untapped primary sources... This is a timely and thorough book, presenting the story without hyperbole or histrionics of this controversial chapter in American history, providing an excellent one-volume history of America's actual longest and most tragic war.Jerry Lenaburg
New York Journal of Books
A detailed recounting of random carnage, bodies burned, treaties broken and treachery let loose across the land... Cozzens admirably succeeds in framing the Indian Wars with acute historical accuracyDouglas Brinkley
New York Times Book Review
Treachery on such an epic scale can bear many retellings, and this account stands out for its impressive detail and scope.Priyanka Kumar
Magnificent... This is a beautifully written work of understanding and compassion that will be a treasure for both general readers and specialists.Jay Freeman
Booklist (Starred review)
Peter Cozzens, one of our finest working historians, has taken on a massive chunk of Native American history and delivered it with power, style, and insight. He is above all a great storyteller. I have never read better, more concise, or more entertaining versions of the Little Bighorn story, Geronimo's wild run to glory, the Ute War, or Captain Jack's rebellion in the northwest. There is much wisdom here, and much good writing.S.C. Gwynne, author of EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON
I've been waiting for an up-to-date, objective, and well-researched book on the Indian Wars, and Peter Cozzens' The Earth Is Weeping is all that and more - an elegantly written narrative of one of the great sagas in American history, and better than Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.James Donovan, author of A TERRIBLE GLORY
Peter Cozzens reminds us that tragedy, not melodrama, best characterizes the struggles for the American West...The Earth Is Weeping is the most lucid and reliable history of the Indian Wars in recent memory.Victor Davis Hanson, author of CARNAGE AND CULTURE
In sobering detail, Peter Cozzens has chronicled this dark chapter in our history.James M. McPherson, author of BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM
For 25 years the United States Army and the native peoples of the West struggled for their destiny, and the region's, an oft-told story more tragic with each retelling. Peter Cozzens' The Earth is Weeping provides all that, and adds a missing perspective on the lives of ordinary people on both sides.William C. Davis, author of THREE ROADS TO THE ALAMO