Stolen Continent CL

Ronald Wright, Author
Ronald Wright, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $22.95 (424p) ISBN 978-0-395-56500-1
Reviewed on: 02/03/1992
Release date: 02/01/1992
Paperback - 424 pages - 978-0-395-65975-5
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Wright ( Time Among the Maya ) here presents a ``New World'' history, told from the perceived perspective of natives and lambasting the conquering whites, going back to Columbus: Cortes, de Soto, Pizarro, for example, are seen as crass, cruel, greedy invaders. To illustrate what he views as an epic wrong, the author probes five tragic encounters--with Aztec, Maya, Inca, Cherokee and Iroquois cultures. Using materials recorded as contemporaneously as possible, from the Incas to Cherokee principal chief Wilma Mankiller, the book follows a trail of treachery, blood and futility. Had the white race's diseases not wreaked havoc on the natives, writes the author, the ``conquest'' may have ended differently. While his scholarship proves marvelous, Wright's disjointed account is not likely to hold the reader's attention. (Feb.)
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