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I think that Wolfe realized this, and that was why he changed publishers. I look forward to the unedited manuscripts of the Web and the Rock, and You can't go home again.
My only problem is that during the period when I first read these novels, I have had medical and particularly psychiatric training. It is obvious that W.O. suffered from severe bipolar or manic depressive psychosis. With modern treatment, he would have been a happier man, or at least those around him would have had better lives. But then perhaps Thomas Wolfe would not have been the writer that he was to become.
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In the title story, after the tribe's dance house was ordered burned by the United States Government which seized the Black Hills land where the house stood, Jacob Little Thunder and others, outwitting the white "boss farmer" and defying the Dawes Act, build a house of happiness where the people of Grass Valley could come together to remember "the old days and traditional way."
Gus Pretty Crow, through his unwavering honesty, brought the demise of the haughty sheriff in "1965 Continental." One rainy night a stranger appears at Gus' door requesting mechanical help. When Gus recommends that the man wait until the next morning and call the local wrecker "that runs, sometimes," the stranger propositions him: "Sell me your  truck and I'll give you that 1965 Lincoln Continental." After Gus explains that an Indian owning a new luxury vehicle would create problems for him, the stranger promises that just a phone call to him would fix any problem that would occur. Reluctantly Gus agrees to the transaction and soon after the harassment by the local sheriff begins.
Jon Marichale educates his grandfather during a reminiscent outing about the petrifaction process of a stone turtle the grandfather had discovered years before.
The Dance House is necessary reading for anyone who is interested in the truth about Native American culture, or simply enjoys gifted storytelling.
However, that said, this WAS one of the best fictional accounts of inuit life I have ever seen. It truely had the flavor of reality and I found myself numourous time pulling for the people in the film. It also had an essence of comedy that I had not expected. I found my self very satisfied with the movie in general.
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It is not surprising that some of the rhetoric in the book is right-of-center. For instance, Bermudez (like most other American authors on the DPRK) likes to point out atrocities committed by 'communist' guerillas while ignoring the fact that most atrocities committed during the period of 1945-1953 were committed by the Korean National Police, Army of the Republic of Korea, and right-wing youth groups. He mentions atrocities committed by communists during the Yosu-Sunchon Rebellion, but fails to mention the utter holocaust visited upon the residents of Cheju Island by the Korean Constabulary (Army), KNP, and violent right-wing youth groups; by the way, these forces were transported to the island with US assets and advised by US military advisors in the field. Bermudez doesn't seem to be interested in really addressing what motivated the guerillas of the South, but considering the scope of this book, this is just a minor detail.
Also rather annoying were the frequent and obvious spelling and grammar issues. I don't think there was much of an editing process! Check out page 22 where Bermudez says that communist partisans were to "ferment unrest". I didn't know you COULD "ferment" unrest(!) I believe the word he was looking for was "foment". These issues with his English are frequent enough to be somewhat of an annoyance, but don't really make the book any less interesting.
At time of printing, NKSF were the best special forces in the world for their set of missions. Other special forces are better suited for different missions and have different resources available to them.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for reliable background information on the specific topic, as well as anyone interested in the highly ideological and self sacrificial mentality instilled in these people.
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this work could have been stronger if the author would had defined the nez pierce relationships with the other indian tribes better and whther or not the nez pierce became indian scouts themselves
I will give Beal credit. For a white man writing about Native American issues during a time when they were still considered second-class citizens, he did a remarkable job of portraying them as a peaceful, agricultural people. He seems supportive of them and even quite respectful of their accomplishments.
One thing that I particularly like about this book is the use of frequent quotes from both sides, especially from little-known military documents. As you read the book, you start to feel the turmoil of some of the troops that were forced to pursue this tribe, a tribe that had always welcomed and befriended the whites.
This is one book that will rip your heart out! You cannot read it and remain untouched. It is the story of a peaceful people chased from their land, forced to abandon most of their belonging. A few men that were able to fight were trying to protect the women, children, and elderly as they fled to reach the safety of the Canadian border. Of the 450 Natives, only 150 were able to fight. They had more than 5,000 head of half-wild livestock to herd along. Their belongings were piled upon the little Appaloosas, making their going extremely difficult.
For 11 weeks, from 11 June to 5 October, 1877, these tough Natives traveled almost 1700 miles, zig-zagging across the worst terrain in this country. They fought to a stand still or defeated the 10 best commands in the U.S. Army in 13 battles. Their tired, heavily laden, half-starved little Appaloosas consistently out-maneuvered the Army's fresh, well-fed remounts.
The Army used every dirty trick in the book. They even violated flags of truce. They killed women, children, elderly, and the wounded. They went so far as to allow their scouts to scalp the dead. It is a horrendous story. It sickens you that it is a true story and that these were crimes perpetrated by Americans on American soil, not in a foreign, third world country by "uncivilized" people.
The Army wasted $931,329.02 chasing down a group of people that only wanted to leave the country. This entire ordeal was brought about by the government's desire to teach the Native Americans a lesson and to use the Nez Perce as examples. The cost in human lives was 127 soldiers killed and 147 wounded, 50 civilians killed, and 122 Nez Perce killed with 93 wounded. But these numbers reflect only the casualties of the actual "war." More than half of the "apprehended" Nez Perce died in military custody or under direct military supervision, long after the fighting ended.
If you never read any other book about Native Americans, read this one. It will illuminate why the Nez Perce are held in such high regard by other tribes and viewed as role models for all to follow. It also explains why the Appaloosa became the most desired horse in America. Of over 1100 horses taken, 870 were shot under the order of General Sherman (a man of some claim to fame as an arsonist in Atlanta, Georgia). Sherman desired to "make sure" that the Nez Perce could never repeat their performance during this horrendous flight for freedom.
I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. It should be required reading during high school. It is an outstanding book of literary and historical value. It is simply the best reading to be found anywhere! Get a copy today.
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Buddhist centers/groups are listed according to type (Theravada, etc.), and includes all the essential information for each, such as contact information and programs offered.
There is also an appendix listing the centers by location (alphabetically by state and locality), and another listing them alphabetically by name.
Many illustrations of centers and spiritual heads also add to the appeal and usefulness of this excellent book.
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If you are a teacher (or parent) and want a book that addresses these issues witout being overly complicated or inauthentic - run, don't walk and buy this wonderful book!
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