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Stolen Continents Conquest and Resistance in the Americas Powerful and passionate Stolen Continents is a history of the Americas unlike any other This incisive single volume report tells the stories of the conquest and survival of five great indigenous cult

  • Title: Stolen Continents: Conquest and Resistance in the Americas
  • Author: Ronald Wright
  • ISBN: 9780143169673
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Paperback
  • Stolen Continents: Conquest and Resistance in the Americas By Ronald Wright, Powerful and passionate, Stolen Continents is a history of the Americas unlike any other This incisive single volume report tells the stories of the conquest and survival of five great indigenous cultures Aztec, Maya, Inca, Cherokee, and Iroquois Through their eloquent words, we relive their strange, tragic experiences including, in a new epilogue, incidents that bring uPowerful and passionate, Stolen Continents is a history of the Americas unlike any other This incisive single volume report tells the stories of the conquest and survival of five great indigenous cultures Aztec, Maya, Inca, Cherokee, and Iroquois Through their eloquent words, we relive their strange, tragic experiences including, in a new epilogue, incidents that bring us up to the twenty first century.

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    1. Most people wouldn t even want to read this book, which is even saddening than the stories it tells This should be a textbook in college American history courses, but that would never happen I sought this book out after reading A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies by Las Casas, which is a first person account of what the Spanish explorers did in central and south America I would recommend that anyone with even a hint of curiosity regarding Native Americans should read the Las Casas [...]

    2. Probably a little one sided as it says little about the atrocities committed by native Americans before, during, or after invasion although they are touched on briefly On one hand I think so what It was their country On the other, I m intelligent enough to realise that there was no golden age of human civilisation in any part of the world at any time and I feel that omission of those details suggests that there was.Despite all that this is one of the best books I ve ever read It contains all the [...]

    3. Only a couple of pages of this book were enough to bring me to the reality of the holocaust, the author s own word, that these Indian Americans have been going through since Stones forced into eye sockets, infants kicked around as soccer balls, the soles of teen s feet shaved off, c These gruesome acts might seem safely secured in history by the centuries that now separate us from the time Columbus first landed on the Americas However, these acts are only from the 20th century covered near the e [...]

    4. Heart wrenching I am a descendant of the people whose struggles Ronald chronicles in this book Reading this was for me an evisceration of my ignorance, an agony inducing procedure in which a layer of the cancerous tumor of colonization has been removed from my soul This book educated me, caused anger, resentment, but importantly, it nourished my will to become involved in, not only my own decolonization, but in that of others as well I won t repeat the book s summary here I will say only two t [...]

    5. note this review was written several years ago for a private site I have to admit that this has been one of the depressing things I have ever read, provoking a reaction similar to what I experienced while watching Hotel Rwanda It also provided some insights, which directly challenged the received wisdom that I had accumulated from other sources Turns out I can t trust JT Edson.The story Wright looks at the effects of the conquest upon what he deems to be the five major societies or states that [...]

    6. Truly remarkarble book that tells the story of the discovery of the Americas through Indian eyes As history is always told by the victors, 1492 is seen as the beggining of the modern world with all positive connotations associated with it But, for the First Americans it was the beggining of an invasion, repression and genocide that continues to this day More than 90% of the original American died through diseases and direct killing Ronald Wright tells us the story of the conquest as it was seen [...]

    7. Ronald Wright is an excellent writer and this is an absorbing book Wright tells the story of colonisation in America by focusing on the histories of five Indian civilisations Inca, Maya, Aztec, Cherokee and Iroquois These civilisations were chosen because they were the most complex societies at the time of first European contact and thus have left the best records.The book is structured into both chronological and geographical divisions Wright describes the three chronological divisions as corre [...]

    8. This history of the conquest and resistance of Native Americans alternates between horrifying and boring I knew some of the harrowing tales of mistreatment of Native Americans by the Europeans, but some of the tales in this book still shocked me It makes me feel cynical about human nature However, most of this book was fairly drab The author was clearly very fired up about it, but he failed to infect me with the same passion for the subject.One of his goals, and I suppose it was partially achiev [...]

    9. If it s not too strange a statement with which to open a book review, this is the kind of read that I was hoping for from the much well known Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee An Indian History of the American West.Where Bury seemed content with bombarding the reader with facts and history, this book on almost the same topic actually makes a point of humanising the main protagonists, making this feel a much personal book than the relatively staid aforementioned alternative.This book also scores p [...]

    10. Read this book It helps one get out of the US centric habit of calling our country America by lowering the red white and blue curtain just enough to glimpse the true nature of the Conquest of the hemisphere Stolen replaces the lie of Discover by fills in five of the many thousands of gaps in US education I listened to an earlier audiobook version there is a 2015 paperback edition as well One of the best features of the book is that it brings the reader relatively up to date with the ongoing resi [...]

    11. A great overview of the history and what happened to 5 different people groups native to North America when the Europeans arrived I gained knowledge and respect for the various people groups and their uniqueness For example, the first zoo was discovered in Mexico by the Europeans Also, the Mayans had a complex way of measuring time, involving three different calendars A caution to the book is that the author is obviously hostile towards Christianity bringing its message to the New World.

    12. This is by far, the most education I ve ever received on aboriginal history I am so glad I opened this book It took me only a couple of days to finish because it s so easy to read and so interesting Wright has the reader follow the Inca, Maya, Aztec, Cherokee and Iroquois from 1491 until 1990 It was so refreshing to read history from a different perspective It s about time, too I wish I had heard about it sooner.

    13. this book alternates between inspiring anger and mourning there is not much i did not know, in general terms, of the contact, cultural genocide, invasion of the European forces this is details, exploration of five major people of the Americas, Inka, Aztec, Cherokee, Maya, Iroquois, and how their worlds collapsed, mainly by old world diseases, by advanced weaponry, by deceit, by cultural and political differences this is one of those books to document how the arrival of Columbus was not discove [...]

    14. A history of the European encounter with five American Indian nations the Aztecs, the Maya, the Inca, the Cherokee and the Iroquois There are fifteen chapters in all, with a chapter on the European conquest of each nation, their fates under the conquest, and the current situation The book starts with Columbus, Cort s, Pizarro, Moctezuma and Atawallpa, and ends with Sendero Luminoso, Rigoberta Mench Tum and the Oka crisis Extremely fascinating is not strong enough an expression among other things [...]

    15. The focus of the wrongs done to Native Americans, thanks perhaps to Dee Brown s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee , tends to be on the Victorian West in the United States Wright reminds us that the Indian Wars , even in North America lasted for two and a half centuries and not just the thirty year period after the Civil War In South and Central America it started in the 15th century.The fighting in the eastern United States both in colonial times and after independence seems to have been extensive [...]

    16. A history of the conquest of the Americas derived from contemporary and near contemporary Indian accounts Stunning in its portrayal of what the Inca, Aztec, Cherokee and Iroquois nations were and are really like And stunning in the realization that the conquest took place as a wave of plague preceded the Europeans across the entire continent, probably killing over 90% of the population in each Indian culture before the wars started And stunning in the realization that what we believe to be India [...]

    17. Phenomenal account of Native America The real, gruesome, harrowing and ongoing colonial struggle is all herein as told by the experiences of 5 peoples Iroquois, Aztec, Maya, Inca and Cherokee Mr Wright writes mostly with a political history perspective, with a lot of military description He creates an effect that is truly bold and if not an exhaustive history then at least a cautious look at the lasting effects of 500 years of colonization This is vital information for any student of post coloni [...]

    18. History as they say is written by the victors The colonial victors of conquests across the New World also did their best to erase all available accounts of the native populations Fortunately due to the ingenuity of the Aztecs, Mayas, Incas, Cherokees, Iroquois a lot of history and lore still survives The author has pieced together these accounts to form a narrative which may not be commonly available in regular history books Unlike the trajectory of colonialism in Asia and Africa where the post [...]

    19. Lent to me by a colleague, I could not put this book down even over March Break when I usually choose lighter books for entertainment North American history that isn t told in textbooks or even in higher level history classes, with plenty of first hand accounts and perspectives I ll be using this as a reference book from now on and pulling pieces of it into my own teaching Heartbreaking to read at times but I highly recommend it to anyone wishing to know about the history of North America and i [...]

    20. Great book, goes through a host of the tribes involved from the earlier south American ones to the later ones, with a sympathy for the evisceration that took place of their race, due to war but mostly infection by the white man s diseases, some of which small pox were deliberately spread in order to cull the herd, as they say Also interesting to learn of the literal source of the bury the axe saying and that the Iroquois Nation of five tribes had a form of democracy which the founding father s t [...]

    21. It is hard to believe that when Columbus discovered the Americas there were already 100 million natives in North and South America.A very interesting and thought provoking book It is an overview of the Aztecs, Mayas Incas, Cherokee and Iroquois from their first contact with Europeans to today The book is divided into Invasion, Resistance and Rebirth It covers a lot of territory but is a good primer for anyone interested in the issues.

    22. Much of this was difficult to read as it is hard to imagine people being able to behave so badly and treating other people the way many Europeans maybe most treated the actual Americans, the Amerindians It was well written and read like a riveting story than a heavy history There are lots of quotes from primary sources which add to the experience.

    23. 4 5 Spuds An excellent book and well researched if somewhat sentimental at times Told mainly from the perspective of the various Amerindians during the colonial conquest era, this book traces the history of the five main American Indian civilizations, the Aztecs, Mayans, Incas, Cherokee and Iroquois from the time of Columbus to the present day.

    24. A sobering view of Aztec, Maya, Inca, Cherokee, and Iroquois cultures through conquest, resistance, and rebirth could an honest history be anything else I found it impossible to not dig into certain areas deeply as I read Much of my curiosity also stems from my Mexican and Colombia roots I think this is the last push I need to do 23 me.

    25. It is totally shocking how the history of North America has been completely re written to erase the incredible treatment of the highly developed and civilized societies that existed here before the arrival of the Europeans Everything we were taught in school about the native peoples of this continent was a lie.

    26. If it were written with just a smidgen objectivity I would have liked it even , but as it is, Stolen Continents is a fascinating account from the perspective of the conquered native peoples in the America, based on a number of primary sources that I hadn t realized even existed.

    27. Comprehensive analysis of the near genocidal invasion of the Americas and their resistance It is nice to hear the voices of aboriginal folks from North, Central and South America, as a good counterweight to the official story which often erases them and their contributions.

    28. Excellent book Should be required reading for all high school students I had totally forgotten Canada s poor performance with the Six Nations during the early 90s One gringo debacle to add to the list of shame.

    29. Well written and engaging, Wright makes good decisions about how to cover 500 years in a few hundred pages We know the resistance continues, but great to see how clear today s actions connect culturally, politically and strategically to the those first contacts.

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