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Great Reviews for Presidents' Body Counts
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Presidents' Body Counts: The Twelve Worst and Four Best American Presidents Based on How Many Lived or Died Because of Their Actions
Monday, August 09, 2010
Great Reviews for Medicine Bags and Dog Tags
One was in Indian Country Today by a historical fiction writer. That was rather strange, both praising it as "groundbreaking" and then strongly criticizing it for not having enough about New England Indian veterans. Seemingly he overlooked the pages on one very famous veteran, William Apess, along with a number of other New England Indian veterans scattered throughout the book. Even a glance at the table of contents or index would have given him what he wanted. But I guess there's not much one can do except to hope that in the future Indian Country Today hires reviewers who actually read the whole book, not just skim it.
The second review come the book editor of Native Peoples magazine, Debra Utacia Krol, who is Salinan and Essalen. It was reviewed together with From Warriors to Soldiers, itself a fine book from Gary Robinson and Phil Lucas. I was interviewed along with Robinson on a radio show broadcasting out of New Mexico. I was still working in Indonesia as a Fulbright Scholar at the time, so unfortunately the radio show got cut short by technical difficulties.
Krol's review started off with summaries of both books for four paragraphs, and ends with these nice words of praise.
"These two books should be in the hands of not only Native but non-Indians veterans and service groups, in order to better understand why we serve, fight, and die in the service of the United States, and how best to honor Native soldiers and veterans."
The third review come from a fellow historian who has also written on Native veterans, Thomas Britten. Britten wrote American Indian Veterans of World War One and teaches at the University of Texas at Brownsville. He reviewed the book for the scholarly journal Great Plains Quarterly. After summarizing the book for three paragraphs, Britten offers some nice words as well.
"Although he dismisses previous scholarship as biased and misinformed, Carroll relies almost exclusuvely on secondary sources and oral histories. An interesting and provocative book, Medicine Bags and Dog Tags succeeds in providing an Indian perspective on military service and its effects on cultural renewal and perseverance."
Britten certainly shows himself to be a consummate professional. I criticized him and his own book for relying too much on government documents and not providing enough Native views, and did so in the very book he reviewed. There is a slight inaccuracy in his review. I criticized some previous studies as biased. I praised two very good books by Jere Franco and Tom Holm, namely Crossing the Pond and Strong Hearts Wounded Souls.
I should also report that the book has been a huge success. It has sold about three and a half times the number that academic books usually sell. The last check I did showed it available in at least four hundred libraries, including every military academy. My sister even saw it for sale at the VA Hospital gift shop in Phoenix. I've also gotten some nice emails from people complimenting me and thanking me for writing it.
Friday, April 03, 2009
Comanche Chairman Wallace Coffey: "Yeagley Is a Far Right Racist...I Am Against How Yeagley Thinks....He Does Not Represent the Comanche People"
I just got off the phone with Chairman Coffey of the Comanche Nation. He was nice enough to talk to me. I told him my name and what tribe I was from and explained to him why I was calling him. I told him what I was doing with regards with me bringing out that Yeagley does not have a famous ancestor Badeagle and about him racism.
I asked Chairman Coffey if he felt the same as Yeagley with regards to his racists views and hatred toward Black people and ndn/black people. He told me that Yeagley is a far right racist Republican and that he is vehemently against how Yeagley thinks and that Yeagley does not represent the Comanche people.
That he has nothing to do with the tribe and that Yeagley had the audacity to run for Chairman. I told him I knew about that and how Yeagley lost.
Chairman Coffey also said that he is not a friend of Yeagleys nor would he want to be. I mentioned to him that I would be there on the 18th along with Beverly Isaacs at that meeting. I asked him about the venture,"COMANCHE MEDIA- A NEW CORPORATION," that Yeagley will be presenting to the tribe for funding. Chairman Coffey told me that the tribe has never funded Yeagley for anything nor would the tribe fund this venture of his or anything in the future.
I told Chairman Coffey that I would see him on April 18th and was looking forward to meeting him. It made me feel good that the Chairman and the tribe is not behind Yeagles. Yeagles might as well forget his proposal with regards to "COMANCHE MEDIA - A NEW CORPORATION". The answer will be NO as far as the tribe giving any money to start it up. I guess he will have to pull money out of his bank to start that venture or Gross can give him the money for it. He can ask his posters on his site to donate to his fund or ask Richard Lawrence Poe and all his other white supremist friends to give him money.
Poor Yeagles, all he has is his pitiful site and the 10 people that post on there and the ONE loser Indian, Gross. He is enrolled on the Comanche tribe but HE HAS NO TRIBE THAT WILL BACK HIM UP FOR ANYTHING. HE HAS NO FAMOUS ANCESTOR. LIKE I SAID ALL HE HAS IS AN ILLUSION OF GRANDEUR AND OF COURSE GROSS BETTY.
Of course, I'm not telling Yeagles not to go; I still want to see him and meet him so I can tell him to his face what I think of him. Hope this makes you feel better Beverly and you might want to thank Chairman Coffey.
Beverly, I hope this makes you feel better. You might want to give Chairman Coffey a phone call and thank him.