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Softcover “Samizdat” edition. One of several photocopied underground editions of the book, purportedly for distribution to tribal members after the publisher withdrew the book from distribution. The number produced is undetermined, but probably 50 copies or less. Very good: a bright copy internally but with several small stains to covers and light crease at left edge of front. No tears or marks. Signed by Matthiessen on the title page.Matthiessen's controversial and suppressed book on the conflict between agents of the federal government and members of the radical American Indian Movement (AIM) in the 1970s, which culminated in a gun battle that left two FBI agents and one Indian dead. Matthiessen argues that the conviction of Leonard Peltier for the agents' death was a miscarriage of justice. His book was the subject of two lawsuits -- by one of the FBI agents involved in the case and by the former governor of South Dakota -- which effectively suppressed it for nearly a decade. A Supreme Court ruling declining to hear the case after an appeals court had thrown out the suits because of First Amendment considerations finally allowed the book to be reprinted nine later. A landmark of literary history and First Amendment history.