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If You Thought You Knew All the Bad Things...

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America - Thomas King

King's account was an eye-opener. Sure, we've all studied the Trail of Tears and Custer, and in recent years have become fully aware of what took place in the residential schools.

 

But the bird's-eye view of land as the determining factor in American Indian history, and the closer look at the treaties and policies that shifted tribes and parcels around like a perverse game of checkers made this book an outstanding, if depressing, read.