Review: The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story – by Elliott West
Here is a long but very well researched look at the whole concept of the Nez Perce War: giving and overview of first contacts with whites, congenial relations, willingness to work to solve problems followed by a gradual betrayal by the US government and their officials to the point where a peaceful people are literally driven into a war. <br /><br />Spend a good week or so reading this book. Take it slowly, get out a map and follow the campaign, check out the sizes of the reservations and the way land was literally scalped from the tribe and then follow the movements of the last bands of resistors who went with Joseph on his epic attempt to find a new home where his people could live peacefully.<br /><br />Read the statements of the two sides and realize that these political conversations of two parties of people viewing the world through different colored lenses of experience and tradition make human communication a morass of misunderstandings is so real today as we move from our own tribal world into the world of nation-state and globalism. <br /><br />I will cherish this book as I have know the story since childhood but never before taken it to the depths that Elliott West presents so thoughtfully and eloquently. I wish I had read this before I wrote my own book, “Rough Enough” as it certainly would have featured as one of my references.
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I have had several close contacts ask me when the next book is coming out now that they have read “Rough Enough.”
When I’m not up to my ears in skiing, diving, orienteering and trying to keep up on the Civil War scene, I’m working on three other books at the moment. I’ve listed these below and as soon as I figure out how to open up labels on this site and make it a web page (I don’t suppose any of you are ever challenged by computer work? Hmm.), I’ll have a tag for each so you can follow along with chapter and verse. Back to the books. Three of them separated in genre and interest:
1. “Following the Blue Bucket” will be the next section of Richard Clow’s Life taking him from the gold mining fields of Deadwood, SD. across Wyoming by wagon with his wife and young daughter, Cora into Idaho where they settle outside Montpelier, ID. and set up a sheep ranch, the CBR ranch. When the ranch goes bust they move on to Granite, Oregon and mine gold again and make enough to then move on to the Willamette Valley where they farm successfully until about 1905 when the move to Mapleton, OR and run the Mapleton Hotel and mail boat on the Siuslaw River near Florence, OR. Due out late in 2014. It may have to be closer to historical fiction than straight history because of the scarcity of information in some places coupled with his run-ins with several historical characters that are rumored in the family and probable but so far undocumented.
2. “Sendero Rojo: The Path of Blood” due out late 2013 or early 2014 is an historical fiction on the South American Drug Wars based on some fifty references which I collected in Peru, Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela while working in those countries for 17 years. It follows a young woman and her fiance as they are separated by a kidnapping high in the Andes. Maria struggles to survive on the streets and in the slums of Lima Peru while Huascar fights for life as a slave in a drug manufacturing camp deep in a hidden valley of the upper Amazon river. Escaping, Huascar succeeds in crossing the Andes to rescue Maria from poverty in Lima and bring her back to their home area of Huaraz in the mountains.
3. “E-Shell: Seashells of the Caribbean” due out mid 2013 is an interactive computer guide to identifying over 200 seashells of the Caribbean from the coasts of Florida to the shores of Venezuela. Based on over 13 years of collecting and identifying shells from the Caribbean, this book is unique in having lots of smart items to jump from seashell keys to pages with their photos and descriptions. The macro-photography brings the seashells up right in front of your eye with arrows to key identification points, whether it is a giant conch from Panama or a minute purple janthina shell from the shores of Curacao.
I hope you’ll enjoy following these books as I move forward in my writing.
Right hand photo is John Sherwin Clow, 1836 – 1909 and left hand photo is his wife, Celinda Warren Burnap Clow holding their son, Fredrick Redman Clow. This is the son who was born in 1863 just before John enlisted in the Union Army (1864) to fight with Sherman’s troops in the March to the Sea.
Today was another first for the old man! I actually created and opened up an ad on “GoodReads” for my Civil and Indian War Book, “Rough Enough.” One of the things that really amazed me was how specific some of the targeting can get for the audience of readers. Not only can you pick up the genres that are most closely related to your book, History, nonfiction, Biography, War, etc…, but you can also pick authors who have written books in the similar area to your so that you get to the people who already have their heads where your book is! Wow! I just went down through my bibliography and typed in names of those Civil War, Frontier and Mining authors whose works had helped me write my own book. Lo and behold… their titles popped up and a quick click added them to the list. Now I’m going to do what my PR man, Jeff said to do with my Amazon site. That is: check the rank of my book this evening and then every day for the duration of the ad and see if there is any jump in the sales on Amazon. This of course is only one indicator, but along with the data from “GoodReads”, I should at least have some idea of whether the book is even being noticed. The computer world never ceases to amaze me!
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