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“In 1969, in an effort to draw attention to the poor treatment of Native people in the Bay Area (and nationally by association), a protest was organized in which the Bay Area Indian groups reclaimed the island of Alcatraz for the Indian people. Alcatraz was in a state of limbo, transitioning out...”
“In 1969, in an effort to draw attention to the poor treatment of Native people in the Bay Area (and nationally by association), a protest was organized in which the Bay Area Indian groups reclaimed the island of Alcatraz for the Indian people. Alcatraz was in a state of limbo, transitioning out of the federal prison system and being debated in terms of its next life. For a short time, selling it for development was under consideration and it was during the debate of this consideration that Indians took action.
While at first it seemed primarily symbolic, with a previous attempt or two resolved after a day of ceremony and speeches, a small group of Indians eventually landed on the island during a night attempt and claimed ownership while the public watched. Government officials were not able to just wade in and clear them out while under such scrutiny and the occupation grew in size and longevity as a result.
This is the personal account of one of the initial organizers who had a role in developing the plans and the proclamation but did not make it onto the island itself. Instead, a couple of his children were present while he stayed on the mainland and often served as a spokesperson and point of contact for the movement. He describes the events building up to, as he calls it, the Indian D-Day, and the progression and slow disintegration as public interest waned, government patience faded, and internal conflicts eventually ended things.
This was a short book, partially filled with photographs of people on the island during the occupation, but as a Bay Area-born resident and someone also interested in Native American culture and concerns, I found it interesting for both the local interest and political event spectrums. I've been to Alcatraz and have seen the markings left behind, and I've met the author at the pow wow where I purchased the book so I definitely felt a personal connection on some level. I don't know how well the book might translate to someone without those connections.”
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“Cute, funny, and frequently mouthwatering!”
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“Fear these Space Marines! This book, the first in a trilogy, examines the trials and tribulations of one of the scattered remnants of Chaos Space Marine Legion the Night Lords. Aboard the Astartes strike cruiser Covenant of Blood, the 10th Company of the Night Lords continues the Long War against...”
“Fear these Space Marines! This book, the first in a trilogy, examines the trials and tribulations of one of the scattered remnants of Chaos Space Marine Legion the Night Lords. Aboard the Astartes strike cruiser Covenant of Blood, the 10th Company of the Night Lords continues the Long War against the False Emperor and his Imperium. While 10,000 years has passed since the days of the Horus Heresy, thanks to the capricious nature of the Eye of Terror, only a century has passed for the crew of the Convenant. Time (even time shorted by the whims of Ruinous Powers) has not been kind to the Night Lords. The years of attritional warfare has reduced the 10th company to barely 50 Astares; most of them are clad in armor that has been cannibalized from fallen Loyalist Astartes, wielding weapons that have also been taken from their Loyalist brethren. None of the squads (referred to as Claws) are operating at peak strength and many are an amalgamations of other Claws that have been virtually annihilated in combat and many of the Claws are being lead by Astartes that have been thrust into positions of leadership they are ill prepared to take on. First Claw is a prime example of the 10th's dire state of affairs - most of its battle brothers originally came from other Claws, clad in patchwork armor purloined from fallen Loyalist Astartes, and being lead by a former Apothicarion named Talos. Talos, suffering from strange visions, has earned another name within the ranks of 10th Company - the Prophet. Talos it seems is capable of piercing the Warp and seeing future events that not even the seers of the Warmaster Abaddon can see. But Talos doesn't need prophetic visions to see what lies in store for the 10th Company - under the continued leadership of the Exalted (a former Night Lord's captain who has been 'blessed' by the Ruinous Powers and transformed into a daemon prince) the 10th Company will slowly dwindle to nothing unless the 10th begins to rebuild itself and stay out of Abaddon's never ending Black Crusades against the Imperium. By the end of this book, Talos seems to have set the 10th on the path to resurection, though there are conflicts brewing among Talos and his Battle Brothers, between Talos and the Exalted, and between the Night Lords and the Chaos forces of Abaddon. Most ominous of all is that the Eldar have also taken an interest in the Prophet and are making plans of their own...An enjoyable read and a great beginning to what promises to be an epic story, this is a book written for fans of the Warhammer 40k universe. Casual fans may be overwhelmed by the references to the Space Marines (tactics, organization, weapons, etc) as well as the historical references to the events of the Horus Heresy. Still a fine read and highly recommended to fans of the 40k and the Night Lords. On to book 2 Blood Reaver!”(read full review)
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“Ann Rule provides a detailed run down of one attempted murder case in New York in which an arrogant doctor tries to remove his wife from his life through slow and constant poisoning by arsenic. This was on top of a lifetime of using and abusing his relationships in every attempt to advance...”
“Ann Rule provides a detailed run down of one attempted murder case in New York in which an arrogant doctor tries to remove his wife from his life through slow and constant poisoning by arsenic. This was on top of a lifetime of using and abusing his relationships in every attempt to advance himself. Shortcuts were the name of the game for the guy, and any kind of criticism or humiliation was clearly incorrect and misplaced in his mind. His arrogance leads to the death of a patient in his office and begins the spiral of danger for his own wife.
Following this main account are four additional crime accounts dealing with men who received second chances and proved that they didn't deserve them.
Reading Ann Rule's book are a bit like getting absorbed into episodes of The First 48 Hours and similar programs. There are some true stories that are more absorbing than others and, therefore, some Ann Rule books that read more quickly than others depending on the reader's interest. I found this one to be a much quicker read than the one I read a couple of months ago. It's always baffling to me, however, the extent that people will go to in order to get their own way in the world. I guess it should be a comforting thing that I find it so bizarre and not the least bit intriguing or tempting. Instead, it holds the same kind of grim fascination that I suspect engrosses people when they pass the scene of an accident: that brief touch of a horror made more horrible because it's real, and the dark realization that it's a reality anybody can become the victim of simply because it doesn't seem rational. These stories kind of make one want to hole up in a quiet room and just not talk to anyone. Ever.
I guess it's a good thing I don't read these all the time!”