So far there have been four reviews of my new book. Two gave it rave reviews. One, later withdrawn, was by a libertarian who didn't like libertarianism criticized.
The fourth gave it a mixed review, praising the book itself but wishing I did not have such a strong point of view.
Review by: Mark Sellers on April 22, 2014 : star star
This book did have a great deal of information to correct misinformation that is spouted as true. The only trouble I had with the book was the obvious slant of the authors personal beliefs. I'm sure he could have added numerous other examples.
Here are the two positive reviews from Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/419159.
Review by: JohnMartine on April 21, 2014 : star star star star star
I'm an avid reader of the likes of Zinn, Chomsky, and Loewen. This book fits well with their. It is a devastating critique of the presidency and its failures, contrary to the sunshine patriotism view one gets (mis)taught. It likely will appeal to you if you are much like me, cynical about power and presidents but not sure what information to believe or where to find it.
In his intro he states that politics and history are too important to be left to professionals. Then he lays out his case for judging presidents on humanitarian standards. Not their party, not left or right, and he goes into a thorough debunking of nonsense claims about liberal media or universities.
It is a revelation that Nixon and Jackson both ordered genocide, and Reagan worked with generals committing genocide in Central America. One president after another comes up lacking. Clinton and FDR are taken apart for ignoring genocide. LBJ, Nixon, and GW Bush all ordered torture, and Obama ordered assassinations.
But some presidents come off very well. Jimmy Carter was one of our greatest presidents and ex presidents. Grant as well.
Carroll is neither liberal nor conservative. He comes across as a devout compassionate Catholic. His favorite term is ideologically blind, meaning someone so dedicated to an abstract principle he will even let others die to prove it. Libertarians and hardline leftists will both hate him because he tears their worldviews to shreds. But, as he shows, they deserve it, because they are very often blind to the harm they do.
A search for him online shows he's American Indian, very well respected by most but deeply hated by racists and religious exploiters. More can be found at his website http://alcarroll.com and his human rights organization of Natives, www.newagefraud.org. I join them in saying he has my respect, and I expcet this book will be much used as a resource by anyone wanting an antidote to all the hazy president worshipping bios.
Review by: SamBear on April 23, 2014 : star star star star star
Dr. Carroll is well known in Indian Country. He has fought for many years to protect our sacred ways from the wasichu colonial spiritual invaders at his site newagefraud.org. He also has a very good book on our Native vets. I have read this also and his words honoring our warriors are good.
I am glad he represents an Indian point of view on American presidents. Yes he is a strong Catholic also, but I have known both good and bad Christians. He is a Christian offering a helping hand, not a closed fist or closed mind.
Obviously I'm going to say most about what he writes about how presidents have treated Indians. Jackson is the third worst president because of the Trail of Tears. Most of the Five Tribes say he was the worst. But I understand why Carroll lists Reagan as even worse. Reagan killed so many more of our Indians cousins, Mayans of Guatemala. Nixon is the worst president he says, and most Vietnam vets will tell you the same. Both Nixon and Reagan should not be honored by anyone. They should have faced a firing squad like Eichmann.
A lot of my Dakota relatives will disagree about Carroll saying Lincoln was our greatest president. We remember the Dakota 38, the worst mass hanging in America's history. But I never knew that Lincoln saved 270 of my relations from being hung. I also never knew Lincoln saved so many Indians in California.
The words you have written are very good Dr. Carroll. I hope many heed them.