Trail of Tears

  • by John Ehle
  • Narrated by John McDonough
  • 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A sixth-generation North Carolinian, highly-acclaimed author John Ehle grew up on former Cherokee hunting grounds. His experience as an accomplished novelist, combined with his extensive, meticulous research, culminates in this moving tragedy rich with historical detail.
The Cherokee are a proud, ancient civilization. For hundreds of years they believed themselves to be the "Principle People" residing at the center of the earth. But by the 18th century, some of their leaders believed it was necessary to adapt to European ways in order to survive. Those chiefs sealed the fate of their tribes in 1875 when they signed a treaty relinquishing their land east of the Mississippi in return for promises of wealth and better land. The U.S. government used the treaty to justify the eviction of the Cherokee nation in an exodus that the Cherokee will forever remember as the "trail where they cried". John McDonough narrates with thoughtful gravity. The heroism and nobility of the Cherokee shine through this intricate story of American politics, ambition, and greed.

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Slow in places

Very informative. Andrew Jackson was a villain, as I had supposed, but one enmeshed in a political climate such that he had no option - but he could have been less of one. John Ross was a calamity, and basically destroyed his own nation by his willful blindness and fundamental political rapacity. And the people and government of the state of Georgia - where part of my family lived - were evil.
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- Chicago Slim

somewhat educational . . . .

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would make it flow together in a easier to follow manner.


What could John Ehle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I am not sure. There had to be some much info to sift through and put together in a way that one not familiar with the history could follow. I could only listen in segments because of my driving days. So, sometimes, I found it difficult to resume the story because I could not keep all the characters straight. But I am glad I read it. It was an eye opener for the politics of what all sides went through in that part of our history.


Which scene was your favorite?

Too long since I finished it to remember. Sorry.


Do you think Trail of Tears needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not sure it would help.


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- Virginia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-20-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books