In this ambitious book, David Treuer points out that some 200 Lakota Indians survived the 1890 massacre. His work tells the story of those who endured and seeks to rescue modern Indian history from cliché or, even worse, oblivion. In this Treuer, who is an anthropologist, novelist and Ojibwe Indian (on his mother’s side), does an able if unspectacular job. Much of the book is given over to recounting the story leading up to Wounded Knee. It is a sorry tale familiar to most students of American history: disease, theft, deceit and slaughter, followed by immiseration, decimation and a civilisation crushed under the weight of America’s manifest destiny... The book really comes alive, though, when it recounts the ways in which Indians have experienced the modern world — such as Treuer’s bitter, angry grandfather, who, like a third of adult Indian males, fought in the Second World War and tells tales of hugging trees to avoid shell burst during the Battle of the Bulge.