Wow. This was very hard to read. Tragic on so many levels.
American Indians as a way of life stole children from neighboring tribes. They experienced...moreWow. This was very hard to read. Tragic on so many levels.
American Indians as a way of life stole children from neighboring tribes. They experienced a high mortality rate among their own people for various reasons, and used kidnapping as a way to replenish their numbers. When non-Indians moved into the Indians territory, the Indians continued their means of building up their numbers and kidnapped White, Mexican, and Negro children. For the parents to try to retrieve those children was something they never would have considered.
An interesting item discussed a bit in the book had to do with which kidnapped children acclimated to their lives among the Indians, and which did not. The Indians seemed to understand that children under the ages of 12 or 14 seemed to adapt more to their new lifestyle. If you look at it from a young teen boy perspective, the life of working hard at home with their parents versus the unstructured and unrestricted life of the Comanches or Apaches would no doubt be very attractive. What boy would not rather learn to ride horses, learn to shoot bows and arrows (or pistols), and go on raids to prove their worth? The theory put forth by the author seems to imply that even though these children often saw their own family killed or mutilated in Indian raids, that the overall lifestyle of the Indians was more attractive than going back to their families.
This book made me interested again in Quanah Parker, whose mother was Cynthia Ann Parker, a young girl kidnapped by the Comanches when she was 9. Cynthia Ann lived among the Comanches for 25 years, married and had three children with her chief husband, Peta Nocona. Quanah was her oldest son, and was the chief of the Comanches during the end of the Comanche Wars.
I enjoy reading about history, and was excited to get this from the library on loan. Sadly, I was disappointed to discover a fairly significant error...moreI enjoy reading about history, and was excited to get this from the library on loan. Sadly, I was disappointed to discover a fairly significant error on pg 189. The author states that "By 1848, war and treaties forced Mexico to hand over Texas, California, and New Mexico Territory to the United States."
Mexico never handed Texas over to anyone. Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836 and was a republic for 9 years before being annexed by the United States in 1845. Regarding Texas, the 1848 treaty referred to in the book (called by name the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo) merely settled that the border between Mexico and Texas was the Rio Grande River but transferred no land.
I appreciated reading this book, but I have to say that finding this fairly obvious historical error (which in studying Texas history or the history of Mexico would be a major error) made me wonder what other historical errors were in the book.
Because of this, I would not recommend this book at all.
I would recommend instead "Pioneer Women: The Lives of Women on the Frontier" by Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith.(less)
Instead of reading this book, I'd recommend reading Gracia Burnham's book "In the Presence of My Enemies". Gracia's book is not fiction, it really hap...moreInstead of reading this book, I'd recommend reading Gracia Burnham's book "In the Presence of My Enemies". Gracia's book is not fiction, it really happened. And how they reacted to similar circumstances that are laid out in "My Hands came Away Red" is the reaction of real people living out their Christian faith amidst evil.
This book is a bit too "teeny-bopper-ish" for me. So I would not recommend reading it really at all.(less)
This book was rather like a poorer combination of "When The Tripods Came" and Madeline L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time". This book had slightly more humo...moreThis book was rather like a poorer combination of "When The Tripods Came" and Madeline L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time". This book had slightly more humor but a very similar plot.(less)
A very worthwhile read. The author writes from her years living among the Afghani people and learning their culture as well as their struggles and sor...moreA very worthwhile read. The author writes from her years living among the Afghani people and learning their culture as well as their struggles and sorrows. Living as a single middle-aged Christian women in a Muslim culture, she had a fascinating opportunity to talk with and live among Afthani women and hear their stories. She writes very simply but with great respect for the crushing hardship these people live under while speaking to them about the Honorable Jesus Messiah, whom she follows.
I have been a long time fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs. ERB wrote many of his books first as serials in magazines. Only later would they be published as...moreI have been a long time fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs. ERB wrote many of his books first as serials in magazines. Only later would they be published as individual books and then later in book series form. So the writing style lends itself towards leading the reader to the next serial magazine instead of creating final closure. There are 11 books in the John Carter series, and yes, the plots begin to strain a bit of credulity, however the all out swashbuckling adventure is still there and still fun!
Interestingly enough, for those of us who have read ERB, many science fiction books and movies have something familiar in them because we have heard them first in ERB! Wonder where George Lucas came up with the Jedi in "Star Wars"? Well, read "A Princess of Mars" and you'll find the mighty nobles called Jeds. And what about banthas? Well, on Barsoom (Mars), a banth is kind of like a lion. Sounds like George Lucas just stuck vowels on the ends of words he liked, and adopted them into his "Star Wars" universe!
I found a great review of the movie that is out just now at the National Review, see http://www.nationalreview.com/article... . This author finds the many men who read and loved and were inspired by ERB books. Read it yourself to find out who they were!
This is a pretty short book, and a quick read. I've been reading about the world in the Middle East, its history and religion, and stumbled across thi...moreThis is a pretty short book, and a quick read. I've been reading about the world in the Middle East, its history and religion, and stumbled across this book. I have heard, of course, of Greg Mortenson who wrote "Three Cups of Tea". In Mortenson's book, he describes his experiences in Pakistan and Afghanistan that resulted in his desire to build schools in those areas. He created a charity called "Central Asia Institute" to carry out that altruistic plan to build schools for children.
Krakauer wrote this book to expose the known lies and misinformation that Mortenson has perpetuated. Krakauer himself was a supporter of CAI and of the work Mortenson purported to be doing. However after finding more details out from CAI staff and directors who resigned, the author began his own work in tracking down what was true and what was not. Sadly, Mortenson himself turns out to be an autocratic dictator, accountable to no one, and with no clear work accomplished in central Asia.
Second in the "Tripod" trilogy, this book picks up where "The White Mountains" leaves off. Will and his two friends, Henry and Beanpole, have found a...moreSecond in the "Tripod" trilogy, this book picks up where "The White Mountains" leaves off. Will and his two friends, Henry and Beanpole, have found a group of free humans in the Swiss Alps (the white mountains). They have successfully avoided the mind-control of the Tripods, and are living by their wits and plotting overthrow of the aliens. Control of humans is achieved by "capping", putting a metal cap on the head of every 14 year old and giving orders thru the cap to the human. The free humans have avoided being capped by different methods.
No living Tripod has ever been seen or studied, so a plan is devised to get some of the uncapped humans into the cities that the Tripods live in. It is known that every year the best and brightest of the young humans who have been capped are sent to the cities where the Tripods live. Will and a fellow resistance-fighter, Fritz, win in the games and are selected to be taken into the city to serve "the Masters". Will discovers that the Tripods are actually mechanical devices like cars that are needed to carry the Masters outside of their cities. They cannot breathe Earth air, so they have created cities that are totally enclosed and have recreated the heavier gravity and green poisonous air that they breathe on their home planet.
Will and Fritz become slaves to different Masters. They wear special scuba type breathing apparatus so that they can walk and work in the atmosphere of the Masters. The grindingly heavy gravity wears them down, and they both realize that the young people brought in as slaves age and die in 1 to 2 years because of the very harsh working condition, as well as the beatings and tortures that they sometimes endure at the hands of the Masters.
Will and Fritz successfully find out information about the Masters, the three cities they have established on Earth, and the plot the Masters have to eradicate all humans and change the planet atmosphere of Earth to support them. Will successfully breaks out of the city by going through the river that dumps into a river outside of the walled city, and eventually makes it back to the White Mountains to report.(less)
This is the first book after "When the Tripods Came", and it takes place about 100 years after the invasion and takeover of earth by the Tripods. (Thi...moreThis is the first book after "When the Tripods Came", and it takes place about 100 years after the invasion and takeover of earth by the Tripods. (This was actually the FIRST book Christopher wrote, it was published in 1967 whereas "When the Tripods Came" was published in 1988.) Will is a 13 year old boy living in an English village. He is looking forward to his transition to adulthood, which comes when every 14 year old is "capped" by the Tripods. This insures obedience and order, and keeps humans from rebelling. Will is not sure he really wants to be capped, and is suddenly given the opportunity to escape and travel to the White Mountains and live freely without mind-control with a group of other humans who have avoided being capped.
This book is the story of his journey to the White Mountains (the Alps), specifically the Swiss Alps, with his cousin Henry and another young teen that they call Beanpole.
I really enjoyed reading this book! The reality behind the cloak-and-dagger work of CIA work is revealed by Tony Mendez in this book. I found it to be...moreI really enjoyed reading this book! The reality behind the cloak-and-dagger work of CIA work is revealed by Tony Mendez in this book. I found it to be VERY fascinating, and worth reading. How the 6 US diplomats escaped from Iran when the American Embassy was taken over is explained in this book. How informants are managed and extracted from various countries is also explained. Have you read "The Hunt for Red October"? Well, it seems that Tom Clancy must have known some real details, because it meshes and matches with what Mendez speaks about.
The most fascinating aspect of the book to me is that Mendez had a friend in the movie makeup / special effects industry. Mendez asked for some disguise help from his Hollywood friend, and then the Hollywood friend used some of the techniques in subsequent movies! The real name of the Hollywood friend is not supplied, but it would be fascinating to know and then watch the movies.
Of course not all the details are shared or spelled out in detail, and many of the disguise methods are still classified. But to read about the CIA during the 70's and 80's is worth the time with this book.
I find myself wanting to read "Agent Zigzag" again, as I remember how the British spy handlers managed Eddie Chapman. Even though there is always the "gadget" aspect of this kind of work, the one-on-one human work is also important and critical. (less)
I got interested in this book because the author, S. Payne Best, was the person that Dietrich Bonhoeffer relayed his last message to. Best, when he wa...moreI got interested in this book because the author, S. Payne Best, was the person that Dietrich Bonhoeffer relayed his last message to. Best, when he was released after the war, delivered that message to Bishop George Bell, Bonhoeffer's friend.
This book also got my interest because of the reluctance of Churchill to support Germans who were trying to overthrow Hitler (like Bonhoeffer). The reason for Churchill's reluctance to do that is described in detail in "The Venlo Incident".
This book documents the most famous and humiliating of the British intelligence failures during the 2nd World War. Two of the British intelligence officers, Captain Sigismund Payne Best and Richard Stevens thought they were meeting with some Germans who opposed Hitler. But instead they were kidnapped from a cafe in Venlo, Holland and then taken to Germany where they remained throughout WWII, kept as VIP prisoners and tortured for information that damaged the war efforts of England. Stevens at his time of capture, even had a plain list of agents on him. Churchill, not wanting to step into another trap, never believed any of the attempts by Germans to solicit help in overthrowing Hitler.
The most interesting parts of the book have to do with the chaos at the end of the war, when the Germans moved around prisoners to keep them out of the hands of the Soviets, and then later to keep them away from the Allies. (less)
The unabridged version of this book is well worth the effort. The transformation of Robinson Crusoe from a selfish, pleasure seeking young man into a...moreThe unabridged version of this book is well worth the effort. The transformation of Robinson Crusoe from a selfish, pleasure seeking young man into a mature and godly Christian is a wonder. HIGHLY recommended. (less)