Blood Moon: An American Epic Of War And Splendor In The Cherokee Nation

Blood Moon: An American Epic Of War And Splendor In The Cherokee Nation


An astonishing untold story from the nineteenth century—a “riveting…engrossing…‘American Epic’” (The Wall Street Journal) and necessary work of history that reads like Gone with the Wind for the Cherokee.

“A vigorous, well-written book that distills a complex history to a clash between two men without oversimplifying” (Kirkus Reviews), Blood Moon is the story of the feud between two rival Cherokee chiefs from the early years of the United States through the infamous Trail of Tears and into the Civil War. Their enmity would lead to war, forced removal from their homeland, and the devastation of a once-proud nation.

One of the men, known as The Ridge—short for He Who Walks on Mountaintops—is a fearsome warrior who speaks no English, but whose exploits on the battlefield are legendary. The other, John Ross, is descended from Scottish traders and looks like one: a pale, unimposing half-pint who wears modern clothes and speaks not a word of Cherokee. At first, the two men are friends and allies who negotiate with almost every American president from George Washington through Abraham Lincoln. But as the threat to their land and their people grows more dire, they break with each other on the subject of removal.

In Blood Moon, John Sedgwick restores the Cherokee to their rightful place in American history in a dramatic saga that informs much of the country’s mythic past today. Fueled by meticulous research in contemporary diaries and journals, newspaper reports, and eyewitness accounts—and Sedgwick’s own extensive travels within Cherokee lands from the Southeast to Oklahoma—it is “a wild ride of a book—fascinating, chilling, and enlightening—that explains the removal of the Cherokee as one of the central dramas of our country” (Ian Frazier).

Populated with heroes and scoundrels of all varieties, this is a richly evocative portrait of the Cherokee that is destined to become the defining book on this extraordinary people.

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  • BloodMoon 01 Open
    Duration: 36s
  • BloodMoon 02 Dedication
    Duration: 46s
  • BloodMoon 03 ANoteOnTheTitle
    Duration: 44s
  • BloodMoon 04 Introduction
    Duration: 12min
  • BloodMoon 05 Part1 Ch1
    Duration: 21min
  • BloodMoon 06 Part1 Ch2
    Duration: 37min
  • BloodMoon 07 Part1 Ch3
    Duration: 23min
  • BloodMoon 08 Part1 Ch4
    Duration: 18min
  • BloodMoon 09 Part1 Ch5
    Duration: 28min
  • BloodMoon 10 Part1 Ch6
    Duration: 13min
  • BloodMoon 11 Part1 Ch7
    Duration: 32min
  • BloodMoon 12 Part1 Ch8
    Duration: 45min
  • BloodMoon 13 Part1 Ch9
    Duration: 46min
  • BloodMoon 14 Part2 Ch1
    Duration: 34min
  • BloodMoon 15 Part2 Ch2
    Duration: 36min
  • BloodMoon 16 Part2 Ch3
    Duration: 33min
  • BloodMoon 17 Part2 Ch4
    Duration: 45min
  • BloodMoon 18 Part2 Ch5
    Duration: 30min
  • BloodMoon 19 Part2 Ch6
    Duration: 38min
  • BloodMoon 20 Part2 Ch7
    Duration: 31min
  • BloodMoon 21 Part2 Ch8
    Duration: 36min
  • BloodMoon 22 Part2 Ch9
    Duration: 38min
  • BloodMoon 23 Part2 Ch10
    Duration: 19min
  • BloodMoon 24 Part2 Ch11
    Duration: 38min
  • BloodMoon 25 Part3 Ch1
    Duration: 21min
  • BloodMoon 26 Part3 Ch2
    Duration: 24min
  • BloodMoon 27 Part3 Ch3
    Duration: 16min
  • BloodMoon 28 Part3 Ch4
    Duration: 38min
  • BloodMoon 29 Part3 Ch5
    Duration: 18min
  • BloodMoon 30 Part3 Ch6
    Duration: 18min
  • BloodMoon 31 Part3 Ch7
    Duration: 19min
  • BloodMoon 32 Part3 Ch8
    Duration: 33min
  • BloodMoon 33 Part3 Ch9
    Duration: 27min
  • BloodMoon 34 Part4 Ch1
    Duration: 20min
  • BloodMoon 35 Part4 Ch2
    Duration: 23min
  • BloodMoon 36 Part4 Ch3
    Duration: 33min
  • BloodMoon 37 Part4 Ch4
    Duration: 19min
  • BloodMoon 38 Part4 Ch5
    Duration: 30min
  • BloodMoon 39 Part4 Ch6
    Duration: 17min
  • BloodMoon 40 Epilogue
    Duration: 10min
  • BloodMoon 41 Credits
    Duration: 47s