I found this book in a used bookstore a few years ago and just recently got around to reading it.
This is a fabulous introductory volume on the history...moreI found this book in a used bookstore a few years ago and just recently got around to reading it.
This is a fabulous introductory volume on the history of Native America as regards United States politics, law, treaty precedent, sovereignty, religon, citizenship and the very notion of plenury power. Too many people are utter neophytes on this topic and this book was apparently aimed at lower division students of your basic Intro to U.S. Government/poli sci college courses. The idea being that it would at least put the seeds of interest and knowledge into a new generation and that only good could come of educating students on at least the ground level of how Native Americans and reservations work in regards to politics and law.
Sadly most people in this country know nothing or next to nothing about tribal status in the United States and this is an excellent book for the average person to start with. The language is clear, concise and the imagery is compelling. It's not overwhelming nor is it overly preachy, but it whets the appitite for more and covers a decent range of topics to give it's audience a good grounding on pretty much all the basics. In fairness I knew all this stuff already, since this was my area of study in college... however, I felt that having this knowledge going in made for a better critical reading experience. So I feel justified in saying that this is a superlative book that fulfills it's purpose. You aren't going to come away an expert on anything from reading this, but you will come away with a firm grasp of basic tribal history as regards American civics and government.
The book is divided into twelve chapters all covering one facet of the unique relationship tribes share with the federal governement as sovereign nations who have a higher status than the states which surround their land.
2. Political Ideals, Traditions, Culture
4. Citizenship and Political Participation
5. Civil Liberties
6. Groups and Interests
7. Campaigns and Elections
12. Policy Issues
I took one star away from my review due to the content of chapter 2. Though well written and extremely passionate, it's essentially about the First Nations of Canada and how they are forced to interact with the Canadian parliment. I'm not really sure why this essay was included in a volume about U.S. politcal history. There is important information to be gleaned from this chapter about traditional tribal government styles in general, but it is useless in juxtaposing that information against the style of representational democracy that the United States uses.
All in all a good an informative book, perfect for an intro to poli sci course, or for the layman who just wants some knowledge about how Native America works.(less)
Well... this book was interesting, but in the end just plain old too long, considering the subject matter. 100 trees. I like trees, I do... but readin...moreWell... this book was interesting, but in the end just plain old too long, considering the subject matter. 100 trees. I like trees, I do... but reading about the histories of 100 of them was too much and by the end I was dying for this book to be over.
3 stars because the information is good, there's just too much of it and too dryly written about.(less)
I recieved many miscellany books such as this recently and can't really figure out where to put them on my shelves, so for the time being... we're goi...moreI recieved many miscellany books such as this recently and can't really figure out where to put them on my shelves, so for the time being... we're going to call them history. Whimsical history yes, but history nevertheless.
Alright, so this was an absolute treat. I honestly believe that it is impossible to be in a bad mood when you put this book down. It's that infectious and happy a kind of a book. Recently I started reading romance genre books a bit and it lead me to these sorts of books. The whimsical romance of the everyday. When did all that is considered romantic start being about brooding, jerky guys and weak women? When did we (and I) stop seeing the romantic in the small things?
Yes, I consider it both romantic and whimsical to read a book that tells me about the history of sequins, glass doorknobs, kimonos, silk fans, tea, champagne, lingerie, and even the history of words such as enthusiasm. I was told by my spouse that I had a ghost of smile on my face the entire time I would be sitting and reading this book.
We forget so much about how many wonderful objects and notions are part of our everyday life, it's nice to be reminded.(less)
This is a book of whimsical history, odd facts and strange happenings. It's a trivia book that I recieved for Hanukkah from a friend and it was a full...moreThis is a book of whimsical history, odd facts and strange happenings. It's a trivia book that I recieved for Hanukkah from a friend and it was a fully enjoyable read. There is something so entertaining to me about the truth is stranger than fiction genre of books. None of this information is ever going to come in useful to me outside of a Trivial Pursuit game, but I still feel like a I fed my brain nevertheless in a very fun and entertaining way.
I highly reccomend this book, especially after having read perhaps one too many heavy, weighty books. (less)
This was a buddy read for the Classic Horror Lovers group, and it was a great pick on the moderators parts. The book was written in the late 1940's an...moreThis was a buddy read for the Classic Horror Lovers group, and it was a great pick on the moderators parts. The book was written in the late 1940's and as such, like most classic horror, has a very different feel to it than later day modern horror. Here the focus is on the creepy and chilling atmosphere of the tale versus blood and gore.
This tale is set on a New England small college campus. A very conservative one that is buccolic at the same time. Norman Saylor and his wife Tansy are young, up and comers at the university. On verge of a career coup for Norman and Tansy seems every part the perfect academic's wife. Till one night, everything changes. Norman goes snooping in his wife's closet and finds evidence of witchcraft. Of course, he confronts his wife about this and thus the plotline is set in motion.
Women everywhere are engaged in a war of magic, each fighting for their own slice of the pie, either directly for themselves, or indirectly, for their husbands. It's a world where nothing is as it seems and where by making Tansy destroy all her charms and magic, he leaves himself, and her, exquisitly vulnerable to the machinations of the 3 powerful witches that are set against them.
This book was written in the 1940's so one has to take it with a certain bit of salt. Leiber, like most men of that era, had certain set in stone opinions on the mental accuity of women in general and they do show up in this book. However, unlike most male authors of this time, he presents these opinions in a sort of tongue and cheek way. Like he can have enough distance from his time to not take it all so seriously.
Without giving away to much, the ending is a shocker, and fits in perfectly with this story of psychological horror and a witch's brutal war. I highly recommend this for anyone who has a love of classic horror or a good suspense story. (less)
After owning this book for over 6 years and trying 4 times to finish it, I sadly have to admit defeat. This book is just not a gripping read and is......moreAfter owning this book for over 6 years and trying 4 times to finish it, I sadly have to admit defeat. This book is just not a gripping read and is... well... painfully boring. It's not brain killingly awful, but just dry as sandpaper. Maybe I just don't like tulips enough to get into this? Maybe I need a bit more passion and whimsy in my garden writing? I don't know, but whatever it is... The Tulip didn't have it.
1. There are whole sections of untranslated French in this book. In two chapters it was so much material that I felt like I was unprepared for the following chapters. I have no idea if this is because I have the British version and not the one for the US, but regardless, if you don't read French, you're going to have issues with this book. This is something that should be noted on the book jacket.
2. Supposedly this is about the tulipomania that struck both the Ottoman Empire and Holland. A time when tulip bulbs where more valuable, monetarily, than houses in both countries. Instead it seemed like a good portion of the book was her translating old nursery catalogues. Very boring... I was expecting something else based on the book jacket.
In the end I was bored out of my mind for the 4th time in a row, couldn't finish the book and gave it away. It gets two stars instead of one because while it was boring, the facts were correct and it's not like I left the experience feeling angry that this shouldn't have been published. I'm sure it has an audience... I'm just not it. (less)