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Apr 15, 2015 David rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I first read this volume when it was originally published. I got inspired to go back to it again after reading The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. This may seem a strange pairing, but the Smekday novel introduces young readers to the idea of an alien invasion leading to the entire human race being exiled within their own planet. One of the main characters is a man called Chief, a Native American who harbors a secret about the invaders and has some important things to say about being relegat ...more
It provides an accurate portrayal of the Cherokee removal, but fails to provide either a reliable well examined thesis or an interesting and engrossing read. The book is also bogged down in generalizations such as "the white man is this" or "the Indian is that."
Born in 1896, American author Dale Van Every turned out a number of volumes on American history, including a biography of Charles Lindbergh. Van Every was also a busy playwright in the 1920s; his Broadway offering Telling the World was filmed in 1929, whereupon the writer set up shop in Hollywood. His screenplays include the literary adaptations Trader Horn (1931) and Murders in the Rue Morgue (19 ...moreMore about Dale Van Every...