Oh What a Slaughter: Massacres in the American West, 1846 - 1890 Audiobook (Unabridged)

Oh What a Slaughter: Massacres in the American West, 1846 - 1890 (Unabridged), by Larry McMurtry
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In Oh What a Slaughter, Larry McMurtry has written a unique, brilliant, and searing history of the bloody massacres that marked, and marred, the settling of the American West in the 19th century, and which still provoke immense controversy today.

Here are the true stories of the West's most terrible massacres: Sacramento River, Mountain Meadows, Sand Creek, Marias River, Camp Grant, and Wounded Knee, among others. These massacres involved Americans killing Indians, but also Indians killing Americans, and, in the case of the hugely controversial Mountain Meadows Massacre in 1857, Mormons slaughtering a party of American settlers, including women and children.

McMurtry's evocative descriptions of these events recall their full horror, and the deep, constant apprehension and dread endured by both pioneers and Indians. By modern standards the death tolls were often small, Custer's famous defeat at Little Big Horn in 1876 was the only encounter to involve more than 200 dead, yet in the thinly populated West of that time, the violent extinction of a hundred people had a colossal impact on all sides. Though the perpetrators often went unpunished, many guilty and traumatized men felt compelled to tell and retell the horrors they had committed. From letters and diaries, McMurtry has created a moving and swiftly paced narrative, as memorable in its way as such classics as Evan S. Connell's Son of the Morning Star and Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

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Author Larry McMurtryPopular Fiction author, Larry McMurtry, is most well-known for his best-selling audio books Lonesome Dove, Streets of Laredo and Dead Man's Walk. Though the Unabridged version of Lonesome Dove, read by the popular narrator Lee Horsley, is his bestselling title on our website, McMurtry has several books from the Fiction category for you to choose from, including the latest title, Terms of Endearment. From the 28 audiobooks available, you will enjoy over 294 hours of listening enjoyment! Larry McMurtry was born on June 3, 1936 in Wichita Falls, Texas. To view the entire selection of professionally recorded books available from McMurtry, please visit his author page dedicated to his entire collection: Larry McMurtry book titles.