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'The Heart of Everything That Is' finds new life in paperback format

'Heart,' the nonfiction story of the Native American leader Red Cloud, was well-received critically upon its release and has now become a bestseller in its paperback format.

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“The Heart of Everything That Is,” the critically acclaimed nonfiction book by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin about a Sioux warrior chief, is experiencing new life on the paperback bestseller lists. 

“Heart” was first released in 2013 and earned positive reviews upon its publication. The book centers on Red Cloud, the namesake of Red Cloud’s War, which was fought against the United States from 1866 to 1868 and ended with the U.S. forces going to the Native Americans to make a treaty. 

The book received many positive reviews, with John R. Burch of Kentucky’s Campbellsville University Library awarding it a starred review for Library Journal and writing, “Journalists Drury and Clavin (coauthors, The Last Stand of Fox Company) have written a gripping narrative… This fascinating book is highly recommended to anyone interested in the history of the Old West.” Kirkus Reviews called the book “a well-researched and -written account” and USA Today critic Don Oldenburg found it to be “exquisitely told… This historical chronicle is unabashed, unbiased and disturbingly honest,” while Kate Tuttle of the Boston Globe wrote, “[The book] has the narrative sweep of a great Western… [and] a remarkable immediacy.” 

When it was first published, “Heart” briefly appeared on bestseller lists in its hardcover format – it came in at number 19 on the IndieBound hardcover nonfiction list for the week of Nov. 24, 2013 and ranked at number 25 on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction list for a few weeks, including the list for the week of Feb. 9. However, “Heart” is now doing well in its paperback format. It’s appeared every week on the IndieBound paperback nonfiction list since debuting at number five on Sept. 11 and has stayed at fourth place since Sept. 25. Meanwhile, it’s currently at number 12 for the New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller list for the week of Oct. 26.

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