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Trail Of Feathers: Searching for Philip True

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  42 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In December 1998, San Antonio Express-News reporter Philip True vanished during a solo backcountry trek in western Mexico, home of the reclusive Huichol Indians and the Chapalagana, the Twisted Serpent Canyon, a 150-mile long gash that twists and plunges through the heart of the Sierra Madre. Five days later his editor, Robert Rivard, was part of a small search party that, ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 24th 2006 by PublicAffairs (first published October 17th 2005)
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The mysterious death of a newspaper journalist in Mexico's Huichol lands sends his widow, Martha True, and colleague, Robert Rivard, off on a six year quest to see his murderers brought to justice. The land of Mexico's indigenous Huichol tribe is remote and virtually unknown to outsiders. Philip True was on a personal quest to understand the culture and experience the wilderness. The motive of his murder never becomes completely clear. This much I know from personal experience while traveling in ...more
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Rivard, who has served as editor of the San Antonio Express-News for almost a decade, positions True not only as a victim of a marginalized Indian tribe's violence but also as a symbol of the fragile relationship between the U.S. and Mexico. Critics agree that Trail of Feathers is a model of its genre. Told with unflinching honesty and sensitivity, the book recounts True's blue-collar upbringing, evolution as a journalist, and marriage to a Mexican woman pregnant with their first child__experien

This is a very moving book about the search for the truth. When Philip True a reporter does not return from a trip in to Mexico's mountains his wife reaches out to friends colleagues and the paper for which Philip works. It is written by Robert Rivard his editor, in trying to solve this mystery, a picture emerges of Philip True, Mexico and all the complications that lead to the unfortunate and tragic death of a seasoned reported and trekker.
Somehow I've gotten on a kick for books about men going off on stupid and wacky solo adventures. It was a little interesting to read about Huichel people of Mexico, less interesting to read about the dope who got himself killed there, and frustrating to know about the murderers never being jailed. I just flew over this region on my way back from Mexico City and it is as beautifully rugged and remote as the book suggests.
Sad story about Philip True, written by his editor. Sometimes Rivard is just too close and uses this book as an opportunity to process. As therapy session for Rivard, I'd skip the book unless you were interested in True or the Huichol.
Oct 15, 2007 Kristine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent story of an editor's search for the truth after his reporter in Mexico is murdered. Even if you're not into journalism, it's a good adventure. I learned a lot about Mexico, too.
Apr 03, 2013 Jeff rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I loved this book. A true crime story that indulges my passion for reading about the infamous Sierra Madre area of Mexico. Compelling and compassionate.
slow at first but got better as I continued, very good bo0k, historical and good description of the natives in Mexico
True story about a journalist who was killed in Mexico. Shows the contrast between the indigenous people and the law.
The suspenseful and true story of the disappearance of Philip True. Good reading.
I learned that one must be careful when traveling.
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