Means is the most controversial Indian leader of our time. This is the well-detailed, first-hand story of his life so far, in which he has done everything possible to dramatize and justify the Native American aim of self-determination, such as storming Mount Rushmore, seizing Plymouth Rock, running for President in 1988, and—most notoriously—leading a 71-day takeover of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in 1973. This visionary autobiography by one of our most magnetic personalities will fascinate, educate, and inspire. As Dee Brown has written, "A reading of Means's story is essential for any clear understanding of American Indians during the last half of the twentieth century."
"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