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Zip Josey Wales: Two Westerns " You gonna pull them-there pistols or you gonna whistle dixie? ?? " (((SPIT))) Better than the most Awesome western movie . .but that is not a big surprise, I reckin'. Books most often is.Can't put er down. It's "That" damn good. Over the past two days I've constantly found myself lookin' for a 5 or 10 minute hit from this awesome Two-fer-One Novel. Forrest Carter is a masterful writer. There are NO slow spots that I have detected yet. The fantastic action is only matched by his poetic descriptions of mind and landscape. Native Americans are presented as Real People with dignity. Probably the Best Western novel I've ever read. It's already made my flat-out top 20 all-time and it will probably make top-10! I am 3/4ths through now and if I can git a round to-it. .I just might extend this review when finished. HIGHEST Recommendations. ***** (((SPIT))). Josey Wales: Two Westerns is a Book Josey Wales was the most wanted man in Texas His wife and child had been lost to pre civil War destruction and, like Jesse James and other young farmers, he joined the guerrilla soldiers of Missouri men with no cause but survival and no purpose but revenge Josey Wales and his Cherokee friend, Lone Watie, set out for the West through the dangerous Camanchero territory HiJosey Wales was the most wanted man in Texas His wife and child had been lost to pre civil War destruction and, like Jesse James and other young farmers, he joined the guerrilla soldiers of Missouri men with no cause but survival and no purpose but revenge Josey Wales and his Cherokee friend, Lone Watie, set out for the West through the dangerous Camanchero territory Hiding by day, traveling by night, they are joined by an Indian woman named Little Moonlight, and rescue an old woman and her granddaughter from their besieged wagon The five of them travel toward Texas and win through brash and honest violence, a chance for a new way of life.. Asa Earl Forrest Carter was an American political speechwriter and author He was most notable for publishing novels and a best selling, award winning memoir under the name Forrest Carter, an identity as a Native American Cherokee In 1976, following the publication success of his western The Rebel Outlaw Josey Wales, The New York Times revealed Forrest Carter to be Southerner Asa Earl Carter His background became national news again in 1991 after his purported memoir, The Education of Little Tree, was re issued in paperback and topped the Times paperback best seller lists both non fiction and fiction It also won the American Booksellers Book of the Year ABBY award.Prior to his literary career as Forrest , Carter was politically active for years in Alabama as an opponent to the civil rights movement he worked as a speechwriter for segregationist Governor George Wallace of Alabama founded the North Alabama Citizens Council NACC and an independent Ku Klux Klan group and started the pro segregation monthly titled The Southerner.From. The best Book Josey Wales: Two Westerns Floating this one with a new shelf to see how the kinder, gentler Goodreads policy will handle a review that brings up the author's documented history of being a member of the Ku Klux Klan and a liar.******After seeing the Coen Brothers’ version of True Grit and rereading the book, I had an urge to check out another western. Preferably one with a movie adaptation made that I could watch after reading. The Outlaw Josey Wales came to mind. I loved the movie but haven’t seen it in years. Plus, I’d read the book a long time ago and didn’t remember much about it. Now, I’m really kind of wishing that I would have left well enough alone.I got this volume that had both the books by Forrest Carter. Gone to Texas is the one that inspired the film version with a Missouri farmer becoming a guerilla fighter during the Civil War after his family is killed by Union forces. After the war, Josey refuses to surrender and tries to fight his way to Texas. The second book, The Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales, is about Josey going into Mexico chasing after a sadistic bunch of rurales who came into Texas where they raped, murdered and kidnapped friends of his. This book also dealt a lot with how the corrupt Mexican landowners and the Catholic Church conspired to keep the peasants in debt and working the land. As I was reading, something kept bugging me. In the first book, a lot of time is spent on how unfair and cruel the federal government had been to Josey, his Confederate comrades, and some of the Indians he meets. Josey is presented as the Mythical Righteous Redneck Warrior who will ruthlessly shoot you down, but is a straight talking man of his word. Unlike them guvment fellas. At first, I thought this was just my Kansas nature. I’ve always been slightly irked about how both the real and fictional Missouri guerrillas who later turned to robbery were portrayed as heroes or at least anti-heroes. While there were plenty of atrocities on both side of the border war, it’d be nice if Kansas got a little credit for being the free state while the Missourians were fighting for the slave state.However, the book had a bad habit of going on and on about how ruthless the government was while Josey and his pals were just simple folks wanting to live peacefully on the land. But slavery is never mentioned once, and there isn’t a single black character in the novel. Carter was supposedly part Cherokee who had written a memoir about his ancestry so I thought he had just decided to highlight the mistreatment of the Indians and leave slavery out of it to make Josey more sympathetic.But while I was looking up Carter before writing this review, I found out that his real name was actually Asa Carter, and that he’d been a segregationist, a speech writer for George Wallace, and he was heavily involved with the Ku Klux Klan. According to Wikipedia, he had to leave the KKK after shooting two members in a dispute over finances. How bad do you have to be to get thrown out of the Klan?In the 1970’s, he changed his name, tried to pass himself off as part Indian and wrote a ‘memoir’ called The Education of Little Tree so apparently he was the James Frey of his generation. He died shortly after writing the Josey Wales novels, but his double life was finally revealed in the early ‘90s.Shit. There’s nothing like finding out that a movie you really liked was inspired by a racist asshole, and that it was subtle propaganda about ‘the evils of guvment’. He even managed to work in some shots at the Catholics in the sequel. I feel dirty just for having read it.I never got that vibe from the Eastwood version so I’m assuming it got filtered out of the movie, but that’s really going to be hard not to think about while watching Clint spit tobacco and sending troops on a Missouri boat ride.