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A searing and revelatory account of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls of Highway 16, and an indictment… of the society that failed them. For decades, Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been found murdered along an isolated stretch of highway in northwestern British Columbia. The highway is known as the Highway of Tears, and it has come to symbolize a national crisis. Journalist Jessica McDiarmid investigates the devastating effect these tragedies have had on the families of the victims and their communities, and how systemic racism and indifference have created a climate where Indigenous women and girls are over-policed, yet under-protected. Through interviews with those closest to the victims—mothers and fathers, siblings and friends—McDiarmid offers an intimate, first-hand account of their loss and relentless fight for justice. Examining the historically fraught social and cultural tensions between settlers and Indigenous peoples in the region, McDiarmid links these cases to others across Canada—now estimated to number up to 4,000—contextualizing them within a broader examination of the undervaluing of Indigenous lives in this country. Highway of Tears is a powerful story about our ongoing failure to provide justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and a testament to their families and communities' unwavering determination to find it.
By Cecil Paul. 2019
A remarkable and profound collection of reflections by one of North America’s most important Indigenous leaders. My name is Wa’xaid,… given to me by my people. ‘Wa’ is ‘the river’, ‘Xaid’ is ‘good’ – good river. Sometimes the river is not good. I am a Xenaksiala, I am from the Killer Whale Clan. I would like to walk with you in Xenaksiala lands. Where I will take you is the place of my birth. They call it the Kitlope. It is called Xesdu’wäxw (Huschduwaschdu) for ‘blue, milky, glacial water’. Our destination is what I would like to talk about, and a boat – I call it my magic canoe. It is a magical canoe because there is room for everyone who wants to come into it to paddle together. The currents against it are very strong but I believe we can reach that destination and this is the reason for our survival. —Cecil Paul Who better to tell the narrative of our times about the restoration of land and culture than Wa’xaid (the good river), or Cecil Paul, a Xenaksiala elder who pursued both in his ancestral home, the Kitlope — now the largest protected unlogged temperate rainforest left on the planet. Paul’s cultural teachings are more relevant today than ever in the face of environmental threats, climate change and social unrest, while his personal stories of loss from residential schools, industrialization and theft of cultural property (the world-renowned Gps’golox pole) put a human face to the survivors of this particular brand of genocide. Told in Cecil Paul’s singular, vernacular voice, Stories from the Magic Canoe spans a lifetime of experience, suffering and survival. This beautifully produced volume is in Cecil’s own words, as told to Briony Penn and other friends, and has been meticulously transcribed. Along with Penn’s forthcoming biography of Cecil Paul, Following the Good River (Fall 2019), Stories from the Magic Canoe provides a valuable documented history of a generation that continues to deal with the impacts of brutal colonization and environmental change at the hands of politicians, industrialists and those who willingly ignore the power of ancestral lands and traditional knowledge.
By Jody Wilson-Raybould. 2019
An Indigenous leader who has dedicated her life to Indigenous Rights, Jody Wilson-Raybould has represented both First Nations and the… Crown at the highest levels. And she is not afraid to give Canadians what they need most – straight talk on what has to be done to move beyond our colonial legacy and achieve true reconciliation in Canada. In this powerful book, drawn from speeches and other writings, she urges all Canadians – both Indigenous and non-Indigenous – to build upon the momentum already gained or risk hard-won progress being lost. The good news is that Indigenous Nations already have the solutions. But now is the time to act and build a shared postcolonial future based on the foundations of trust, cooperation, recognition, and good governance.
By Kelly S. Thompson. 2019
At eighteen years old, Kelly Thompson enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces. Despite growing up in a military family --… she would, in fact, be a fourth-generation soldier -- she couldn't shake the feeling that she didn't belong. From the moment she arrives for basic training at a Quebec military base, a young woman more interested in writing than weaponry, she quickly realizes that her conception of what being a soldier means, forged from a desire to serve her country after the 9/11 attacks, isn't entirely accurate. A career as a female officer will involve navigating a masculinized culture and coming to grips with her burgeoning feminism. In this compulsively readable memoir, Thompson writes with wit and honesty about her own development as a woman and a soldier, unsparingly highlighting truths about her time in the military. In sharply crafted prose, she chronicles the frequent sexism and misogyny she encounters both in training and later in the workplace, and explores her own feelings of pride and loyalty to the Forces, and a family legacy of PTSD, all while searching for an artistic identity in a career that demands conformity. When she sustains a career-altering injury, Thompson fearlessly re-examines her identity as a soldier. 2019.
By Mark Hasara, Rush Limbaugh. 2017
From a veteran air-refueling expert who flew missions for over two decades during the Cold War, Afghan War, and Iraq… War comes a thrilling eyewitness account of modern warfare, with inspirational stories and moral lessons for people on the battlefield, in boardrooms, and in their everyday lives.Get a glimpse of life in the pilot’s seat and experience modern air warfare directly from a true American hero. Lt. Col Mark Hasara—who has twenty-four years experience in flying missions around the world—provides keen and eye-opening insights on success, failure, and emphasizes the importance of always being willing to learn. He provides twelve essential lessons based on his wartime experience and his own personal photographs from his missions during the Cold War, Gulf War, and Iraq War. With a foreword by #1 New York Times bestselling author and radio host Rush Limbaugh, this is a military memoir not to be missed.
Riveting, novelistic, and startlingly candid, John T. Halliday's combat memoir begins in 1970, when Halliday has just landed in the… middle of the Vietnam War, primed to begin his assignment with the 606th Special Operations Squadron. But there's a catch: He's stationed in a kind of no-man's-land. No one on his base flies with ID, patches, or rank. Even as Richard Nixon firmly denies reporters' charges that the United States has forces in Laos, Halliday realizes that from his base in Thailand, he will be flying top-secret, black-ops night missions over the Laotian Ho Chi Minh Trail. A naive yet thoughtful twenty-four-year-old, Halliday was utterly unprepared for the horrors of war. On his first mission, Halliday's C-123 aircraft dodges more than a thousand antiaircraft shells, and that is just the beginning. Nothing is as he expected -- not the operations, not the way his shell-shocked fellow pilots look and act, and certainly not the squadron's daredevil, seat-of-one's-pants approach to piloting. But before long, Halliday has become one of those seasoned and shell-shocked pilots, and finds himself in a desperate search for a way to elude certain death. Using frank, true-to-life dialogue, potent imagery, and classic 1970s song lyrics, Halliday deftly describes the fraught Laotian skies and re-creates his struggle to navigate the frustrating Air Force bureaucracy, the deprivations of a remote base far from home and his young wife, and his fight to preserve his sanity. The resulting nonfiction narrative vividly captures not only the intricate, distorted culture of war but also the essence of the Vietnam veteran's experience of this troubled era. A powerhouse fusion of pathos and humor, brutal realism and intimate reflection, Flying Through Midnight is a landmark contribution to war literature, revealing previously top-secret intelligence on the 606th's night missions. Fast-paced, thrilling, and bitingly intelligent, Halliday illuminates it all: the heart-pounding air battles, the close friendships, the crippling fear, and the astonishing final escape that made the telling of it possible.
By Noah Galloway. 2016
Military hero and beloved Dancing with the Stars alum Noah Galloway shares his life story and how losing his… arm and leg in combat forced him to relearn how to live--and live to the fullest Inspirational humorous and thought provoking Noah Galloway s LIVING WITH NO EXCUSES sheds light on his upbringing in rural Alabama his military experience and the battle he faced to overcome losing two limbs during Operation Iraqi Freedom From reliving the early days of life to his acceptance of his new normal after losing his arm and leg in combat Noah reveals his ambition to succeed against all odds Noah s gripping story is a shining example that with laughter and the right amount of perspective you can tackle anything Whether it be overcoming injury conquering the Dancing with the Stars ballroom or taking the next steps forward in life with his young family - Noah demonstrates how to live life to the fullest with no excuses
By Richard Morenus. 2015
The author was a businessman from New York who got tired of the Big City life and was… unhappy for some time He decided to move as far away from that environment Taking only his dog some gear and an open heart he travelled to Canada During this trip he found an island of epic beauty and decided to purchase it His story tells of his difficulty trying to adapt to such the harsh environment The local population were Native Americans who gave him the name Crazy White Man for making the changes that he did Dick Morenus New York radio and magazine writer took to the Ontario bush country to shed his ulcers After writing this hilarious account of his six-year transition from tenderfoot to woodsman-guide he returned to city life to teach write and lecture CHICAGO TRIBUNE -- As a story of the indomitable spirit of men and women pitted against the overwhelming forces of nature Crazy-White-Man is an inspiring one as a tale of pure adventure it will be hard to put down a book that is a little classic of the rugged life CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR -- one of the best tales of escape from city pressures It is a vivid close-up of the Ontario bush--written down with the vividness and gaiety of a man who knew he was free NEW YORK TIMES -- Respect for Mr Morenus courage and hardihood grows with every page we read it emerges as a valuable addition to the small number of books about the Canadian bush COLORADO SPRINGS FREE PRESS -- Anyone from young to old who has wanted to toss the soft life of today into the discard and live as our ancestors did will enjoy this book To those who have lived under frontier conditions it will be equally refreshing--and that cannot be said for many of this type
By S. C. Gwynne. 2014
From the author of the prizewinning New York Times bestseller Empire of the Summer Moon comes a thrilling account of… how Civil War general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson became a great and tragic American hero.Stonewall Jackson has long been a figure of legend and romance. As much as any person in the Confederate pantheon, even Robert E. Lee, he embodies the romantic Southern notion of the virtuous lost cause. Jackson is also considered, without argument, one of our country's greatest military figures. His brilliance at the art of war tied Abraham Lincoln and the Union high command in knots and threatened the ultimate success of the Union armies. Jackson's strategic innovations shattered the conventional wisdom of how war was waged; he was so far ahead of his time that his techniques would be studied generations into the future. In April 1862 Jackson was merely another Confederate general in an army fighting what seemed to be a losing cause. By June he had engineered perhaps the greatest military campaign in American history and was one of the most famous men in the Western world. He had, moreover, given the Confederate cause what it had recently lacked--hope--and struck fear into the hearts of the Union. Rebel Yell is written with the swiftly vivid narrative that is Gwynne's hallmark and is rich with battle lore, biographical detail, and intense conflict between historical figures. Gwynne delves deep into Jackson's private life, including the loss of his young beloved first wife and his regimented personal habits. It traces Jackson's brilliant twenty-four-month career in the Civil War, the period that encompasses his rise from obscurity to fame and legend; his stunning effect on the course of the war itself; and his tragic death, which caused both North and South to grieve the loss of a remarkable American hero.
By Helen Thorpe. 2014
From an award-winning meticulously observant The New Yorker and masterful Booklist… writer comes a groundbreaking account of three women deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq and how their military service affected their friendship their personal lives and their families America has been continuously at war since the fall of 2001 This has been a matter of bitter political debate of course but what is uncontestable is that a sizeable percentage of American soldiers sent overseas in this era have been women The experience in the American military is it s safe to say quite different from that of men Surrounded and far outnumbered by men imbedded in a male culture looked upon as both alien and desirable women have experiences of special interest In Soldier Girls Helen Thorpe follows the lives of three women over twelve years on their paths to the military overseas to combat and back home and then overseas again for two of them These women who are quite different in every way become friends and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated We see their families their lovers their spouses their children We see them work extremely hard deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones and struggle to stay connected to their families back home We see some of them drink too much have illicit affairs and react to the deaths of fellow soldiers And we see what happens to one of them when the truck she is driving hits an explosive in the road blowing it up She survives but her life may never be the same again Deeply reported beautifully written and powerfully moving Soldier Girls is truly groundbreaking
By Nick Brokhausen. 2018
A Green Beret’s gripping memoir of American Special Forces in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. In 1970, on his… second tour to Vietnam, Nick Brokhausen served in Recon Team Habu, CCN. Officially, it was known as the Studies and Observations group. In fact, this Special Forces squad, which Brokhausen calls “an unwashed, profane, ribald, joyously alive fraternity,” undertook some of the most dangerous and suicidal reconnaissance missions ever in the enemy-controlled territory of Cambodia and Laos. But they didn’t infiltrate the jungles alone. They fought alongside the Montagnards—oppressed minorities from the mountain highlands, trained by the US military in guerilla tactics, armed, accustomed to the wild, and fully engaged in a war against the North Vietnamese. Together this small unit formed the backbone of ground reconnaissance in the Republic of Vietnam, racking up medals for valor—but at a terrible cost. “In colorful, military-jargon-laced prose leavened by gallows humor, Brokhausen pulls few punches describing what it was like to navigate remote jungle terrain under the constant threat of enemy fire. A smartly written, insider’s view of one rarely seen Vietnam War battleground.” —Booklist
By Clinton Romesha. 2016
The only comprehensive, firsthand account of the fourteen hour firefight at the Battle of Keating by Medal of Honor recipient… Clinton Romesha, for readers of Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.<P><P> "'It doesn't get better.' To us, that phrase nailed one of the essential truths, maybe even the essential truth, about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever set foot in that place that the name itself—Keating—had become a kind of backhanded joke."<P> In 2009, Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost (COP) Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the U.S. military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three years after its construction, the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately: it was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend. <P> On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing 14-hour battle—and eventual victory—cost 8 men their lives. <P> Red Platoon is the riveting first-hand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counter-attack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire, and received the Medal of Honor for his actions. <P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Aidan MacCarthy, Pete McCarthy. 2006
As an RAF medical officer Aidan MacCarthy served in France survived Dunkirk and was interned by the… Japanese in Java where his ingenuity helped his fellow prisoners through awful conditions While en route to Japan in 1944 his ship was torpedoed sending him into the Pacific Miraculously MacCarthy was rescued by a whaling boat only to be re-interned in Japan Ironically it was the dropping of the atomic bomb at Nagasaki that saved his life though it also meant being an eyewitness to the horror and devastation it caused Long out of print this remarkable war memoir was rediscovered during a journey through Ireland by Pete McCarthy author of McCarthy s Bar who describes it as jaw-dropping
By Theo Knell. 2012
Theodore Knell went through hell in the SAS - but his biggest battle began when he left A Hell… for Heroes is a searingly honest autobiography about what life in the military service is really like This is my life story and the story of my time in the SAS I hope that any soldier who reads it will find some sort of connection with their own I have tried to share my experiences honestly and as such all of the incidents portrayed within this book are true some so dark and painful that I often questioned whether I wanted to remain part of the human race I hope it will provide you an insight into the life and mind of a soldier - what makes us the way we are what drives us on when other men would fold what binds us together like no other brotherhood on earth what makes us laugh and what scares us shitless Watching men die violently for the first time is not something I would wish on any young man Yes many who have not served will say It will make a man out of you son but what do they know In reality it will destroy far more men than it makes leaving many dead or crippled for life some with wounds you can see but far more with wounds which you cannot
The fires on Bataan burned on the evening of April 9, 1942--illuminating the white flags of surrender against the nighttime… sky. Woefully outnumbered, outgunned, and ill-equipped, battered remnants of the American-Philippine army surrendered to the forces of the Rising Sun. Yet amongst the chaos and devastation of the American defeat, US Army Captain Donald D. Blackburn refused to lay down his arms. With future Army Special Forces legend Russell Volckmann, Blackburn escaped from Bataan and fled to the mountainous jungles of North Luzon, where they raised a private army of more than 22,000 men against the Japanese. Once there, Blackburn organized a guerrilla regiment from among the native tribes in the Cagayan Valley. "Blackburn's Headhunters," as they came to be known, devastated the Japanese 14th Army within the western provinces of North Luzon and destroyed the Japanese naval base at Aparri--the largest enemy anchorage in the Philippines. After the war, Blackburn remained on active duty and played a key role in initiating Army Special Forces operations in Southeast Asia. In 1958, as commander of the 77th Special Forces Group, he spearheaded Operation White Star in Laos--the first major deployment of Army Special Forces to a country with an active insurgency. Seven years later, Blackburn took command of the highly classified Studies and Observations Group (SOG), charged with performing secret missions now that main-force Communist incursions were on the rise. In the wake of the CIA's disastrous Leaping Lena program, in 1964 Blackburn revitalized the Special Operations campaign in South Vietnam. Sending cross-border reconnaissance teams into Cambodia and North Vietnam, he discovered the clandestine networks and supply nodes of the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail. Taking this information directly to General Westmoreland, Blackburn received authorization to conduct full-scale operations against the NVA and Viet Cong operating in Laos and Cambodia. In combats large and small, the Communists realized they had met a master of insurgent tactics--and he was on the US side. Following his return to the United States, Blackburn was appointed "Special Assistant for Counterinsurgency and Special Activities," where he was the architect of the infamous Son Tay Prison Raid. Officially termed Operation Ivory Coast, the Son Tay raid was the largest prisoner-of-war rescue mission--and indeed, the largest Army Special Forces operation--of the Vietnam War. During a period when United States troops in Southeast Asia faced guerrilla armies on every side, it has been little recognized today that America had a superb covert commander of its own, his guerrilla skills honed in resistance against Japan. This book follows Donald D. Blackburn through both his youthful days of desperate combat against an Empire, and through his days as a commander, imparting his lessons to the newly realized ranks of America's own Army Special Forces.
At the height of the Vietnam conflict, a complex system of secret underground tunnels sprawled from Cu Chi Province to… the edge of Saigon. In these burrows, the Viet Cong cached their weapons, tended their wounded, and prepared to strike. They had only one enemy: U.S. soldiers small and wiry enough to maneuver through the guerrillas' narrow domain. The brave souls who descended into these hellholes were known as "tunnel rats." Armed with only pistols and K-bar knives, these men inched their way through the steamy darkness where any number of horrors could be awaiting them-bullets, booby traps, a tossed grenade. Using firsthand accounts from men and women on both sides who fought and killed in these underground battles, authors Tom Mangold and John Penycate provide a gripping inside look at this fearsome combat. The Tunnels of Cu Chi is a war classic of unbearable tension and unforgettable heroes.
By John H. Culp. 2016
This is the follow-up novel to John H Culp s highly successful Born of the Sun containing many… of the central characters of the earlier novel--particularly the Kid and the rough-and-ready crew of the Tail End Ranch of North-west Texas Readers will be taken on more wild-and-woolly adventures and are in for an even more exciting dramatic spree in the thundering danger-filled pages of The Restless Land Piles dramatic scene upon dramatic scene until the reader is left breathless --Chicago Sunday Tribune THE RESTLESS LAND should be a pleasure to readers of --Kirkus Service Like its predecessor THE RESTLESS LAND is agreeable to read an entertaining story of cowhands Indians and other members of a frontier community with its abundance of roughhousing murder and legitimate killing in range and Indian conflicts --Library Journal Crowded with stirring conflict and colorful characters THE RESTLESS LAND finishes with a spectacular climax that will bring readers to their cheering feet --Dallas Morning News THE RESTLESS LAND IS A GRIPPING TALE --Nashville Banner
By Worth Books. 2016
So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of Born to Run tells you what you need to… know—before or after you read Christopher McDougall’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of Born to Run by Christopher McDougall includes: Historical contextChapter-by-chapter overviewsDetailed timeline of key eventsImportant quotesFascinating triviaGlossary of termsSupporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About Born to Run by Christopher McDougall: Christopher McDougall’s New York Times–bestselling Born to Run brought the underground sport of distance running to the forefront of American conversation, spurring trends like barefoot running and chia seeds’ recognition as a superfood. Centering around two long-distance races, the second of which McDougall intends to run, the book is written in a distinctly Gonzo journalism–style. The author focuses on the Tarahumara, an ancient tribe of runners that lives isolated in Mexico’s Copper Canyons, but he also pulls in plenty of other characters, past and present, and explores the biological reasons we are all born to run. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.
By Harris Faulkner. 2018
The Emmy award-winning news anchor of Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulkner and co-host of the talk show Outnumbered shares the… lessons she learned growing up in a military family paying homage to the military ideals that shaped her and showing how everyone can benefit from bringing the wisdom of military service into their lives Born into a military family Harris Faulkner revered her father a decorated career officer who served three tours of duty in Vietnam and raised his children with the values and ideals of the U S military Accompanying him from posting to posting young Harris experienced firsthand how success in life was rooted in the knowledge integrity and leadership that came from her military surroundings Indeed these formative lessons in leadership and work ethic became the guiding principles for her career as a journalist lessons she credits with her rise to become one of the top hosts on Fox News Now she shares the advice wisdom and tools that she absorbed through her military upbringing examining how these ideals have shaped her professional and personal outlook and how everyone can incorporate them into their own lives Using her father s career as the backdrop to her experience she explores the lessons in courage duty patriotism and responsibility that helped her succeed demonstrating the truth to the axiom that in military families everyone serves together Along the way she also interviews current and former military families generals and other officers and tells stories from her father s career to illuminate how and why the message and mission of the military is so effective at changing lives both on and off the battlefield Illustrated with sixteen pages of never-before-seen photos of her early life and career this instructive book part memoir part motivational life guide reminds us of our most important values the keys to a successful life
By Jeffrey S. Girard. 2018
Taking an archaeological perspective on the past Jeffrey S Girard traces native human habitation in northwest Louisiana from… the end of the last Ice Age through the formation of the Caddo culture in the tenth century BCE to the early nineteenth century Employing the results of recent scientific investigations The Caddos and Their Ancestors depicts a distinct and dynamic population spanning from precolonial times to the dawn of the modern era Girard grounds his research in the material evidence that defined Caddo culture long before the appearance of Europeans in the late seventeenth century Reliance solely on documented observations by explorers and missionaries which often reflect a Native American population with a static past propagates an incomplete account of history By using specific archaeological techniques Girard reveals how the Caddos altered their lives to cope with ever-changing physical and social environments across thousands of years This illuminating approach contextualizes the remnants of houses mounds burials tools ornaments and food found at Native American sites in northwest Louisiana Through ample descriptions and illustrations of these archaeological finds Girard deepens understanding of the social organization technology settlement art and worldviews of this resilient society This long-overdue examination of an often-overlooked cultural force provides a thorough yet concise history of the 14 000 years the Caddo people and their predecessors survived and thrived in what is now Louisiana