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I was very pleasantly surprised by this audiobook. I was a bit hesitant to buy at first, fearing the topic may have been a bit too dry and academically handled. It's anything but. It's a methodical investigation of the history of European, then American, treaty making, and the sketchy adherence that followed.
As the blurb mentions, the native peoples involved are held to account for their own motivations and adherence to treaties, which is quite welcome. It is absolutely objective, not allowing for any shallow listener complaint of bias. But rather, that the native peoples are portrayed more deeply, as not merely victims of unscrupulous encroaching governments, but as complex bands of people, often struggling with internecine squabbles over how to best maintain their ways of life, or at least survive. Ultimately, on all legitimately agreed upon treaties (read: not rigged by Europeans or Americans by unilaterally designating more pliable members of tribes to be signatories), natives never reneged. The deceit was almost entirely one sided, by any standard. Hence, the pen and ink witchcraft.
The only notable point regarding the presentation was speed of the narration, which felt a bit like drowning in molasses. 1.5x, and even 2x, made it seem more natural, so by that standard, the time can be figured as between 7-10 hours, if that's important to anyone.
Even so, a good use of a credit. Highly recommended.
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