Título: The Last Warrior Peter MacDonald and the ...
Año de publicación: 1993
Condición del libro: Fine
Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good+
Edición: First Edition
The controversial native American leader describes his role in Navajo tribal government, his election as tribal chairman, and the actions that led to his conviction for bribery, ethics violations, and conspiracy, crimes for which, he claims, he was framed. 15,000 first printing.From Kirkus Reviews:
The autobiography-cum-exoneration of MacDonald, once tribal chairman of the Navajo Nation, now a prisoner in a Navajo jail. At times, MacDonald (writing here with Schwarz, Walking with the Damned, 1992, etc.) skirts absurdity in his self- glorification: He is ``the Last Warrior...a man who feared neither scandal nor death,'' who ``adorned his body with the white man's battle dress--a three piece suit'' to defend his Navajo people. Once past the mock-epic palaver, however, a gritty story emerges of a man who left his mark both on his native culture and on the larger world before enemies (MacDonald's version) or greed (the court's version) did him in. Born in 1928, MacDonald passed his early years in a traditional Navajo home. After surviving Bureau of Indian Affairs schooling, he joined the Marines, spending WW II as one of the celebrated Navajo code- talkers. Electrical engineering followed, with a meteoric rise up the ranks at Hughes Aircraft. Having conquered the Anglo world, MacDonald returned to Navajo Nation and, in 1971, became its tribal chairman. His tenure was marked by fierce battles for Navajo autonomy--he campaigned for a native curriculum in schools and traditional practice at home, insisting that ``our children must learn to be totally Navajo''--during which he managed to stub the toes of radical Indians (AIM), conservative pro-Indian senators (Barry Goldwater), and the Hopis, whom he accuses of ``compromising their traditional values'' in land disputes with the Navajo. As MacDonald has it, ``lies'' and ``innuendo'' from his enemies--among whom he numbers the FBI and Peterson Zah, his successor as tribal chairman--led to his downfall on trumped-up charges. As a brief for MacDonald, too obviously slanted to be convincing; nonetheless, a powerful tale of ethnic awakening. (Sixteen-page b&w photo insert--not seen) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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