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Be careful whenever everything is given to you, Mr. Ashcroft said. "Because then you'll be totally beholden to your masters."
You can't change your childhood, but you can let it go, he said.
Things always seemed to get worse when the government took on too big a role. I wanted to work to change that.
The Pale-Faced Lie: A True Story Paperback – Large Print, March 2, 2020
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Spur Award Winner for Best Western First Nonfiction Book • Spur Award Finalist for Best Western Contemporary Nonfiction • IPPY Silver Award for Best Memoir • Next Generation Indie Award for Best Memoir (Overcoming Adversity) • International Book Award for Best True Crime • Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal, Nonfiction Drama
A violent ex-con forces his son to commit crimes in this unforgettable memoir about family and survival.
Growing up on the Navajo Indian Reservation, David Crow and his three siblings idolized their dad, a self-taught Cherokee who loved to tell his children about his World War II feats. But as time passed, David discovered the other side of Thurston Crow, the ex-con with his own code of ethics that justified cruelty, violence, lies—even murder. Intimidating David with beatings, Thurston coerced his son into doing his criminal bidding. David’s mom, too mentally ill to care for her children, couldn’t protect him.
Through sheer determination, David managed to get into college and achieve professional success. When he finally found the courage to refuse his father’s criminal demands, he unwittingly triggered a plot of revenge that would force him into a deadly showdown with Thurston Crow. David would have only twenty-four hours to outsmart his father—the brilliant, psychotic man who bragged that the three years he spent in the notorious San Quentin State Prison had been the easiest time of his life.
Raw and palpable, The Pale-Faced Lie is an inspirational story about the power of forgiveness and the strength of the human spirit.
“Cinematically gripping.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Empowering missive about the long shadow cast by an abusive parent.”—Publishers Weekly
“For fans of Tara Westover’s Educated, The Pale-Faced Lie . . . is a disturbing yet captivating memoir about how one man’s psychotic delusions can imprison an entire family.”—New York Journal of Books
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- Publisher : Sandra Jonas Publishing (March 2, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 564 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1733338608
- ISBN-13 : 978-1733338608
- Item Weight : 1.55 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 1.41 x 9.21 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #27,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is yet another in a long line of stories of how badly the “Indians” have been treated!
It is an extremely interesting read for anyone interested in American social injustice. Just as bad the treatment of the negro slaves and their descendants.
It drags you to the depths of despair, when you can’t believe that somebody grew up with a morale compass in this environment. It’s a triumph of how humanity is completely flawed and also remarkable, but simply this is just a great book.
This is an inspiring book that shows how someone can rise above so much in their life.
to become the professionals they are. What an incredible story and so very sad that any child suffered so much. What a courageous and wonderful man.