Stolen Continents: The Americas Through Indian Eyes Since 1492

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Presents native accounts--some translated for the first time from native American languages--of the plunder and persecution wrought by white settlers and explorers on the one hundred million people already living in the Americas in 1492. 15,000 first printing.

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Ronald Wright is the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of several non-fiction books, including A Short History of Progress, Stolen Continents (which won the Gordon Montador Award), and Cut Stones and Crossroads. He is also the author of the novels Henderson's Spear and A Scientific Romance, the latter of which won Britain's David Higham Prize for Fiction. He was born in England, educated at Cambridge, and now lives in British Columbia.

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“For five centuries, the Indians of the Americas have doggedly recorded the shocking story of their subjugation by whites.... Ronald Wright has woven their voices into a compelling narrative.” - The Globe and Mail

“Ronald Wright turns his considerable narrative skill to the other side of the story that began in 1492.... This is a fine and thought-provoking rendering of what [he] calls a ‘holocaust that began five centuries ago.’” - The Washington Post

“A stunning book, a non-fiction tour de force.” - Calgary Herald

“Finally, history through Indian eyes. It’s about time.... And Wright’s a first-class storyteller.” - Toronto Star

“A magnificent feat of research, writing, and perception adjustment.... Makes history come alive.” - Seattle Times

“[Wright] writes brilliantly and with a very uncommon level of empathy and sensitivity.... No one is better at showing how the past infuses and, in most cases, continues to blight the present.” - Larry McMurtry, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove

“[This] is the most gut-wrenching account of man’s inhumanity to man I have ever read. Superbly rendered and ruthlessly truthful, the voices of the victims conjured by Ronald Wright tell us the diabolic truth about ourselves.” - Farley Mowat

“A thoroughly documented polemical work of great persuasive force.” - The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.)

“Moving and insightful.... Serves to illuminate the moral complexities of our past and to remind us that much business begun in 1492 remains unfinished.” - Houston Chronicle

“Stolen Continents [is] among the most useful, most interesting, best informed, and most wrenching reflections yet inspired by ... Columbus’s voyage.” - Boston Globe

“Excellent.... Redresses the balance between the invaders and the invaded.” - The Sunday Times (U.K.)

“These are real stories, told by a wonderful storyteller.” - The Gazette (Montreal)

“A powerful lament for the American Indians.... All who are interested in the clash between European and American cultures should read this well-written book.... They will be moved to compassion and outrage.” - History Today

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