I read this book as a history and it was a hard book for me to read. If I read it as a fictional story I probably wouldn't have finished it. The st...more290
I read this book as a history and it was a hard book for me to read. If I read it as a fictional story I probably wouldn't have finished it. The style of the writing made me read the same words 2 and sometimes 3 times to understand what was being said. But I was interested in the story and wanted to finish.
I think the treatment of the native americans was horrific. The all out genocide against them shameful. If this book was intended for me to understand the injustices that happened against the Cheyenne people it fails. I spend more energy trying decipher what the author was saying then I did understanding the story. The narration jumps from present events to past events in a confusing manner. I found myself always asking where in the timeline of the story was a particular event happening. Was this event a backstory? Is it part of the current events? Or is it just a memory of one of the protagonists?
Another issue I have is there are a lot a sweeping statements. The example I'm thinking about is when the Cheyenne killed a surveyor and his helpers, attacked some emigrants and took 4 girls. Later the girls were returned. The Cheyenne were disarmed and put into a prison camp. The 2 older girls (ages 15 and 17) were at the camp to identify those involved. This is how Sanoz describes the event:
"Dressed like visiting white ladies, with plumed hats and dard red cloaks bought by General Miles, the walked stiffly down the line pointing this was and that, and with them went a Mexican who had been around the Cheyenne camps too.... It was done on just the finger pointing by the two that the Indians considered foolish children, not women as Cheyennes would be at that age. Surely no soldier chief, no men among the whites would be judged guilty of any wrong because two such children walked along a row and pointed here and there while General Neill sat red-faced and unsteady on his horse overseeing the picking."(85)
A couple of things:
1) don't know why, who or how the Mexican has anything to do with the story.. I guess he was just there...it never is explained. Little unexplained characters or events like this happen throughout the book.
2) I think Sanoz is trying to describe how easy it was for the Cheyenne to get a raw deal. How that justice wasn't blind when it came to the Cheyenne. That the Cheyenne would be considered guilty by the 'finger pointing' of 'foolish children'. This very well could be true in this event, but Sanoz brushes off any idea that what happen to the families was anybody's fault but their own for being where the whites were should not have been. That is just over simplifying the matter and history.
This book shows the importance of being able to feed yourself. The Cheyenne were being bent to the will of the US Government by the withholding of food. If you control the food/water, you control everything. What wouldn't a father or mother do to feed their starving child. The Government made promises to the Cheyenne and then willfully broke those promises. The Cheyenne were told that they had nothing to worry about-- the Government would provide what they needed. When what the government provided wasn't enough, the Cheyenne were told-- tough. The Cheyenne were put into a position through lies and deceit where they couldn't feed themselves on a reservation and had to rely on the government. It is a sad story.
I can't help, but think about the millions of people who right now rely on government for food and water. I'm mostly talking about right here in America, but it is everywhere in the world. What happens when what the government provides for you isn't enough? What the government provides isn't enough. People will opt out, much like Dull Knife and Little Wolf did. I'm getting too political here, but it is what crossed my mind when I read the book. I think that the ability to provide for yourself and family is what makes America great. When the nations of the Native Americans lost the ability to provide for themselves is when they ceased to be great. And with that lost ability they were made to bend to the will of the government.
This book dragged on and on, I found myself wanting it to end. (less)
I thought this book was interesting. The idea of 2 individual beings in the same body with the control and the guilt issues and what not. The book...more619
I thought this book was interesting. The idea of 2 individual beings in the same body with the control and the guilt issues and what not. The book started getting long for me after she found Jared and Jamie. I was waiting for the story to get on to the next part. I don't know maybe I was looking for more action and this is not an action book. It is more like a romance. Overall it was okay and I probably would have enjoyed it more if it was 100 to 150 pages shorter.(less)
I think I was expecting more from this book. I was intrigued by the folk lore and was really interested in how the story would be told. I think the...more400
I think I was expecting more from this book. I was intrigued by the folk lore and was really interested in how the story would be told. I think the story took to long to tell. The book needed to be about 3/4 as long as it was. (less)
This book is an overview of the way the world grows and buys food. I don't know that much about agriculture. We had a garden growing up, more it se...more416
This book is an overview of the way the world grows and buys food. I don't know that much about agriculture. We had a garden growing up, more it seems to torment me then to provide any type of sustenance. But real live off of what you plant never. And I don't think I would know how to kill and clean a chicken let alone anything bigger like a pig or cow. So in the end I'm pretty much dependent on the industrial agriculture.
Water, right now, is already a big issue, which will only get bigger as the population grows.
My wife and I (mostly my wife) have a some hobby garden. Home grown tomatoes are really good.
Anyway I enjoyed the book and gives the reader something to think about even if it is a bit depressing. I thought Omnivore's Dilemma was more hopeful. (less)
My sister wanted me to read this book. A friend at work had it and loaned it to me. In short, I didn't like it. I just couldn't get into the book....more256
My sister wanted me to read this book. A friend at work had it and loaned it to me. In short, I didn't like it. I just couldn't get into the book. It was hard for me to finish. I think if people are reading this book to get an idea about God and forgiveness then they are going to be disappointed. This book offers no real peace and no real understanding about God.(less)
Disappointing. I don't know what else to say. I really thought the book wasn't thought out at all. The idea was good the execution horrible. I will...more189
Disappointing. I don't know what else to say. I really thought the book wasn't thought out at all. The idea was good the execution horrible. I will probably read the next book though. What can I say? I'm interested in the topic. (less)
This is my second Brad Thor book. I enjoyed it. The book is a fast read and very similar to Vince Flynn. So if you like Vince Flynn you will probably...moreThis is my second Brad Thor book. I enjoyed it. The book is a fast read and very similar to Vince Flynn. So if you like Vince Flynn you will probably like Brad Thor. This book reminds me a little of Da Vinci Code. They are trying to fit a lost history together. I don't know much about Thomas Jefferson or the pirates on the Barbary coast or the reasons why the US Government set the marines to that area during that time. It is an interesting story, especially if the US government was paying off these pirates.
It tell the story of how President Jefferson was fighting the war on terrorism back then. They are looking for the last revelation of the Prophet Mohammad that was kept out of the Koran. In this revelation Mohammad calls for all Muslims to live in peace with their neighbors. The leadership of Islam didn't like it because they were getting rich powerful for the looting and ransoms. They killed Mohammad to shut him up and them destroyed the revelation. Bard Thor weaves that history into modern day terrorism.
Again a quick read, fast paced political thriller. (less)