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Ben Nighthorse Campbell: An American Warrior

Viola, Herman J.

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ISBN 10: 1555663222 / ISBN 13: 9781555663223
Published by Johnson Books, Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A., 2002
Condition: Very Good+ Soft cover
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Copy has light shelf wear rubbing, upper front corner has a very slight pressure, barely noted. Inscribed on 1st title page by the author, originally published in 1993 - this is the First Paperback printing of updated publication - . Ben Nighthorse Campbell is an inspring rags to riches story of a dynamic, multifacet man. His accomplishments include being a U.S. Senator; Air Force Veteran; Judo Champion, tribal leader, horse breeder, jewelry designer, mounted police officer, industrial arts teacher, Olympic athlete, biker, veterans' advocate, Colorado rancher, truck driver, Indian rights advocate, small business man, college instructor, private pilot, law officers' advocate, martial arts instructor. Illustrated with numerous b/w photographs from this amazing man's life. xv/350pp. Desirable!. Bookseller Inventory # 003348

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Title: Ben Nighthorse Campbell: An American Warrior

Publisher: Johnson Books, Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Signed: Inscribed By Author

Edition: First Paperback Edition

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Discusses the life of the only native American serving in Congress today, describing his troubled youth, his discovery of judo, his crippling injury during the 1964 Olympics, his success as a jeweler and breeder of quarterhorses, and his political career. 25,000 first printing.

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An uncritical biography of the new US senator from Colorado, the only Native American serving in Congress. Viola, former director of the National Anthropological Archives, is content to relay the facts of Campbell's life--an approach that, in this case, makes for a fairly engrossing story. Born into poverty, of Portuguese and Cheyenne stock, Campbell spent his youth hopping trains, stealing cars, and scraping the bottom of the grade heap at school. His life did an about-face when he discovered judo. The sport became an obsession--the first of many instances in which Campbell bent his will unceasingly toward a goal--leading him to four years of study in Japan, a gold medal at the Pan Am Games, and a spot on the 1964 Olympic team. Apparently he absorbed judo technique but not its teaching about restraint, for his spare time was spent on fast cars, fast women, and frightening outbursts of violence (Viola describes one instance in which Campbell ``proceeded to give his student a lesson in manners before tossing him--bleeding, vomiting, and semi-conscious--onto the rain-soaked driveway''). He worked as a policeman, industrial- arts teacher, and horse rancher before his life took another unpredictable turn, this time into jewelry-making, a field in which he's still famous as Ben Nighthorse, one of the top designers in America. Yet another dramatic shift came in 1980, when he passed time between plane flights by wandering into a local political meeting. Soon he was a Colorado state senator and then a US congressman, carving out a middle-of-the road course and a reputation as a defender of Indian rights. Viola neither lionizes nor challenges Campbell's machismo--and this moral neutrality makes for a curiously old-fashioned biography, informative but ultimately unsatisfying. (Forty b&w photographs--not seen) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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