Tecumseh and the Prophet by Peter Cozzens audiobook

Tecumseh and the Prophet: The Shawnee Brothers Who Defied a Nation

By Peter Cozzens

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The first biography of the great Shawnee leader in more than twenty years, and the first to make clear that his misunderstood younger brother, Tenskwatawa, was an equal partner in the last great pan-Indian alliance against the United States. Until the Americans killed Tecumseh in 1813, he and his brother Tenskwatawa were the co-architects of the broadest pan-Indian confederation in United States history. In previous accounts of Tecumseh's life, Tenskwatawa has been dismissed as a talentless charlatan and a drunk. But award-winning historian Peter Cozzens now shows us that while Tecumseh was a brilliant diplomat and war leader--admired by the same white Americans he opposed--it was Tenskwatawa, called the "Shawnee Prophet," who created a vital doctrine of religious and cultural revitalization that unified the disparate tribes of the Old Northwest. Detailed research of Native American society and customs provides a window into a world often erased from history books and reveals how both men came to power in different but no less important ways. Cozzens brings us to the forefront of the chaos and violence that characterized the young American Republic, when settlers spilled across the Appalachians to bloody effect in their haste to exploit lands won from the British in the War of Independence, disregarding their rightful Indian owners. Tecumseh and the Prophet presents the untold story of the Shawnee brothers who retaliated against this threat--the two most significant siblings in Native American history, who, Cozzens helps us understand, should be writ large in the annals of America. Cover images: (left) Tecumseh, by Benson John Lossing after Pierre Le Dru, (detail). Toronto Public Library; (right) Ten-sqat-a-way, the Open Door, "Shawnee Prophet" by George Catlin (detail). Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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A Washington Independent Review of Books Best Book of the Year Pick

The first biography of the great Shawnee leader in more than twenty years, and the first to make clear that his misunderstood younger brother, Tenskwatawa, was an equal partner in the last great pan-Indian alliance against the United States. Until the Americans killed Tecumseh in 1813, he and his brother Tenskwatawa were the co-architects of the broadest pan-Indian confederation in United States history. In previous accounts of Tecumseh's life, Tenskwatawa has been dismissed as a talentless charlatan and a drunk. But award-winning historian Peter Cozzens now shows us that while Tecumseh was a brilliant diplomat and war leader--admired by the same white Americans he opposed--it was Tenskwatawa, called the "Shawnee Prophet," who created a vital doctrine of religious and cultural revitalization that unified the disparate tribes of the Old Northwest. Detailed research of Native American society and customs provides a window into a world often erased from history books and reveals how both men came to power in different but no less important ways. Cozzens brings us to the forefront of the chaos and violence that characterized the young American Republic, when settlers spilled across the Appalachians to bloody effect in their haste to exploit lands won from the British in the War of Independence, disregarding their rightful Indian owners. Tecumseh and the Prophet presents the untold story of the Shawnee brothers who retaliated against this threat--the two most significant siblings in Native American history, who, Cozzens helps us understand, should be writ large in the annals of America. Cover images: (left) Tecumseh, by Benson John Lossing after Pierre Le Dru, (detail). Toronto Public Library; (right) Ten-sqat-a-way, the Open Door, "Shawnee Prophet" by George Catlin (detail). Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Paints in vivid colors the grandest effort of Native Americans to retain their independence—and the political and spiritual leaders who tried to make it happen.” Christian Science Monitor
“Bound to stand as the best history to date about the Shawnee brothers’ lives and effort to rally pan-Indian resistance.” Booklist (starred review)
“Cozzens’s cinematic narrative is steeped in Native American culture and laced with vivid battle scenes and character sketches.” Publishers Weekly
“His compelling prose and deep research in both primary sources and histories of the period combine to place the reader on the ground with the Shawnee brothers.” Wall Street Journal
“Narrator Mark Bramhall has one of most American sounding voices one can imagine. It’s perfectly suited to this story of the Wild West…At times, there’s a quaver in Bramhall’s voice as he delivers this straightforward, detailed, and extremely violent biography.” AudioFile

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 19.44
Audience: Adult
Language: English