the book reviews
"History is a set of lies agreed upon."-Napoleon Bonaparte. This quote reveals the intent of Ronald Wright's book, Stolen Continents. A student of aboriginal culture and history can learn much from this book. There are not many similar books and its concept is simple and pure. There are libraries full of books about aboriginal people, but most of them are written by ethnologists, scientists, or adventurers. Ronald Wright has put the words of the aboriginal people in his book. The people who witnessed the events. He focuses on five particular groups. The Aztec, the Maya, the Inca, the Cherokee, and the Iroquois. The result is altogether different and is more valuable, than most books on this subject. It is a balanced book, because witnesses from both sides of the struggle are included. The time period is from the first contact with Europeans to the present day. A period of approximately five hundred years. North Americans can be greatly enriched by reading this book and will have a better understanding of their place in history. In a great number of instances, history has been edited to suit the agendas of conquerors and invaders. These lies are legitimized by their inclusion in scholastic books, which are used to educate innocent children. These children cannot be blamed for their ignorance. This process has proven to be extremely effective. It was used in the Philippines with great success, after the Americans took power. In order to forge a future that is free of fear, aggression and greed; we must be willing to examine history from every perspective. The conquered have invaluable knowledge of the natural world. The victors have damaged nature, to the degree, that we are all in peril. The victors can learn much from the conquered, but time is short. A dialogue must be initiated. A good way to do this is to begin to tell the truth, instead of lies. Each generation is capable of correcting the mistakes of its parents, if they know the truth. Mankind cannot progress, when false information is intentionally perpetuated.
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Michael Hawes was born in Texas, raised in Louisiana and lives in British Columbia.