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Bob Drury at Pritzker Museum discussing book about the untold story of Red Cloud

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Bob Drury discusses his new book "The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend," at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library located at 104 S. Michigan Aveune in Chicago on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m.

The book is the untold story of the Sioux chief Red Cloud, and places him to his rightful place in American history.

The authors, Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, wrote a fiery narrative about the life and times of this brave warrior. Red Cloud led gathering of angry tribes under his leadership. "The white man lies and steals," Red Cloud told his thousands of braves at council fire. "My lodges were many, now they are few. The white man wants all. They must fight for it."

What came to be known as Red Cloud’s War (1866–1868) culminated in a massacre of American cavalry troops that presaged the Little Bighorn and served warning to Washington that the Plains Indians would fight, and die, for their land and traditions. But many more American soldiers would die first.

According to the publisher, Simon and Schuster, "Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Geronimo—each enjoys a place of honor in the pantheon of the Old West. Red Cloud, the great Oglala Sioux chief who was the only Plains Indian to defeat the United States Army in Red Cloud’s War (1866–1868), forcing the American government to sue for peace on his terms.

At the peak of Red Cloud‘s powers the Sioux could claim control of one-fifth of the contiguous United States and the loyalty of thousands of fierce fighters. But the fog of history has left Red Cloud strangely obscured.

Now, thanks to the rediscovery of a lost autobiography, and painstaking research by award-winning authors Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, the astonishing story of the nineteenth century‘s most dynamic and successful Indian warrior can finally be told.

Pritzker Military Museum & Library hosts a range of exciting events — including lectures with distinguished authors and military personnel, movie screenings, and book club gatherings. Aside from weekly events, the Museum & Library showcases a variety of military artifacts and realia in its rotating and permanent Museum exhibits.

Bob Drury is the author/coauthor/editor of nine books. He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Men’s Journal, and GQ. He is currently a contributing editor and foreign correspondent for Men’s Health. He lives in Manasquan, New Jersey.

For ticket information about the event, contact the Pritzker Military Museum & Library for details.


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