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Columbus and Other Cannibalsby Jack D. Forber
Synopses & Reviews
Celebrated American Indian thinker Jack D. Forbess Columbus and Other Cannibals was one of the founding texts of the anticivilization movement when it was first published in 1978. His history of terrorism, genocide, and ecocide told from a Native American point of view has inspired Americas most influential activists for decades. Frighteningly, his radical critique of the modern "civilized" lifestyle is more relevant now than ever before.
Identifying the Western compulsion to consume the earth as a sickness, Forbes writes:
"Brutality knows no boundaries. Greed knows no limits. Perversion knows no borders. . . . These characteristics all push towards an extreme, always moving forward once the initial infection sets in. . . . This is the disease of the consuming of other creatures lives and possessions. I call it cannibalism."
This updated edition includes a new chapter by the author.
Book News Annotation:
In this revised edition of his 1978 classic, Forbes (Native American studies emeritus, U. of California Davis) continues to examine the history of contact between European whites and indigenous peoples, a history riddled with fear, hatred and genocide. Groundbreaking when it was first published, and still compelling reading, this account has inspired some the most influential activists in America for decades. Forbes presents a radical critique of modern civilization, from its central problems of identity to questions about the genesis of the universe and the creation of love, consumption and the cannibal psychosis, the spread of greed as a disease, the structure of materialism, the process of becoming a predator and the process of corruption, fascination with evil, the destruction of Native authentic cultures, the loss of freedom, the perpetuation of aggressive violence, the healing concept that the universe is our holy book, and what Jesus will do when He comes back. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A timely revival of the underground classic that fostered the anti-civilization movement.
About the Author
Jack D. Forbes is professor emeritus and former chair of Native American Studies at the University of California at Davis. Of Powhatan, Delaware, and non-Indian background, he founded the Native American Movement in 1961. He is the author of twelve books including his first, Apache, Navaho and Spaniard, in print for thirty-two years.
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