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What a wonderful surprise when I was contacted by Laura De Silva of Open Road Integrated Media and presented with the opportunity to share this information: sixty-three Howard Fast titles to be published in EBook format, this month, December, 2011.

There’s so much I could say about this hero of the real America, this spokesman for the common person everywhere. If you haven’t heard of Howard Fast, there’s a good reason for it. His work was banned and effectively buried during what Fast, in his memoir, Being Red, called the “mini-terror”—the McCarthy era. And although the ban was eventually lifted, it seems that the mini-terror lives on through our propaganda driven fears—the shadow places of our collective minds— as we struggle, seemingly in vain, to rise to the consciousness of a free people.

Those of us who love and appreciate Fast’s work could go on and on, but I would ask you to let Fast tell you the story  his way. If you read just one —perhaps The American (classic struggle of the American worker), or Freedom Road (the terrible reality of post-slavery “reconstruction”), or the poignantly heartbreaking revolutionary war novel, April Morning, I think you may want to, as I have begun to do, seek out the surviving copies of his books, tattered and battered though you may find them. However, Open Road Media has done much of the work for us at this time. Lover of technology or no, the work of this incredibly prolific writer is being preserved. For that we should be very grateful.

As always, thanks for stopping by my blog. Please leave a comment if so inclined. If I decide it’s not spam, I’ll approve it.   (:<)>     Namaste, jesse s. hanson

NOTE: The video above and all of the content below is reprinted from The Open Road Blog

 

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NEWS FROM OPEN ROAD: December 13, 2011

 
Sixty-three Titles by New York Times Bestselling Author Howard Fast

Launching as Ebooks from Open Road Media

The only thing that infuriates me, is that I have more unwritten stories in me

than I can conceivably write in a lifetime.” —Howard Fast
 

Sixty-three titles by Howard Fast (1914­­–2003), one of the most prolific American writers of the twentieth century, will be released as ebooks by Open Road Integrated Media in December. Open Road will publish both fiction and nonfiction during a three-stage rollout.
 

Howard Fast, the bestsellingauthor of more than eighty works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays, grew up in New York City and published his first novel upon finishing high school in 1933. In 1950, his refusal to provide the United States Congress with a list of possible Communist associates earned him a three-month prison sentence, along with a place on the blacklist of severalmajor publishers. During his incarceration, Fast wrote one of his best-known novels, Spartacus (1951), and went on to found his own press, Blue Heron, in order to release the work. Throughout his long career, Fast matched his commitment to championing social justice in his writing with a deft, lively storytelling style. His collection of bestselling novels such as Conceived in Liberty, Citizen Tom Paine, April Morning, and The Legacy illustrate themes of freedom and human rights in a time of turbulence and global war.

On December 13, 2011, nineteen titles—including April Morning—will be released. In April Morning, on the eve of the American Revolution, the Battle of Lexington and Concord changes a boy’s life—and a nation’s history—forever. Sweeping in scope and masterful in execution, this novel is a classic of American fiction and an unforgettable story of one community’s fateful struggle for freedom. The Incredible Tito, Fast’s fascinating biography of Joseph Broz, known to the world as Tito, including his rise to power and his remarkable stand against fascism, will be offered to readers as a free download.
 

On December 20, nineteenmysteries by Howard Fast writing as E. V. Cunningham will be released as ebooks. These include the Masao Masuto mysteries, beginning with The Case of the Angry Actress, starring detective Masuto, a second-generation Japanese-American, Buddhist homicide detective. Other titles include such female-centered works as Phyllis, Sally, and others.

On December 27, twenty-five titles will complete Open Road Media’s Howard Fast ebook collection. Three of these are from Fast’s much-loved Immigrants series, an immensely popular saga that spanned six novels and over a century of the Lavette family’s story. Of this series, Open Road will release The Legacy, The Immigrant’s Daughter, and An Independent Woman. Two of the nonfiction titles—The Art of Zen Meditation, in which Fast offers readers a simple, straightforward introduction to Zen meditation, which had a profound influence on his writing and personal philosophy; and Spain and Peace, a 1951 pamphlet that contains a powerful denunciation of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco—will be offered as free downloads.

Extra content includes:
 

•  Behind-the-scenes author commentary and videos at www.openroadmedia.com/authors/howard-fast.aspx
•  An illustrated biography in each ebook, including previously unseen photographs and documents from Fast’s personal life and distinguished career
 

               
 

Amazon.com, Apple iBookstore, Barnesandnoble.com, Google eBookstore/IndieBound, Kobo Books, OverDrive, and Sony Reader Store

Availability begins on December 13, 2011:

 
The American

April Morning

The Children

Citizen Tom Paine

Clarkton

Conceived in Liberty

Departure

The Edge of Tomorrow

The Incredible Tito*

The Last Supper

Moses

The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti

Patrick Henry and the Frigate’s Keel

Place in the City

The Proud and the Free

Silas Timberman

The Story of Lola Gregg

Thirty Pieces of Silver

The Winston Affair
 

On December, 20, 2011

mysteries by Howard Fast writing as E. V. Cunningham will go on sale:

 
Alice

Cynthia

Helen

Lydia

Margie

Millie

Penelope

Phyllis

Sally

Shirley

The Assassin Who Gave Up His Gun

The Case of the Angry Actress

The Case of the Kidnapped Angel

The Case of the Murdered Mackenzie

The Case of the One-Penny Orange

The Case of the Poisoned Eclairs

The Case of the Russian Diplomat

The Case of the Sliding Pool

The Wabash Factor
 

On December 27, 2011

more titles will be added to the Howard Fast ebook collection:

 
Agrippa’s Daughter

The Art of Zen Meditation*

The Confession of Joe Cullen

The Crossing

Dinner Party

The General Zapped an Angel

Greenwich

Hunter and the Trap

The Immigrant’s Daughter

An Independent Woman

The Jews

The Legacy

Literature and Reality

Max

The Naked God

The Outsider

Peekskill USA

The Pledge

Power

Redemption

Spain and Peace*

Strange Yesterday

Time and the Riddle

Torquemada

A Touch of Infinity

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Hope you will enjoy my review of The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Also hope you’ll enjoy the lyrics of my original song, Glamorous Lords at the end of the post.
As always, thanks for stopping by my blog. Please leave a comment if you’re so inclined.           jesse s. hanson

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The Killer Angels
by Michael Shaara

THe Killer Angels

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jesse hanson‘s review
Mar 23, 11  ·  5 of 5 stars

bookshelves: books-i-ve-reviewed

status: Read from March 20 to 21, 2011
-Glamorous Lords-

It’s hard to explain. There’s a quote at the end of this book: “Thus ended the great American Civil War, which must upon the whole be considered the noblest and least avoidable of all the great mass conflicts of which till then there was record.” –Winston Churchil, A History of the English Speaking Peoples.
I couldn’t agree with that.

Everything in my being says that it wasn’t handled right. The north just had a different way of handling it’s slaves. It called them employees. Not only that, but during the “noblest and least avoidable conflict” the US Army was also busy exterminating the Native Americans to further the white man’s God given dominion over the whole country. I guess we screwed up, losing part of Mexico and all. Will the real hypocrites please stand up!!

But the book is a page turner alright. Brilliant in capturing the simplicity of it all. A special note: I was surprised to see Lee portrayed as much less than perfect–deeply and vastly loved by his army, as well as the entire South, but much less than perfect.

Highly recommend this book. Draw or re-draw your own conclusions.

p.s. I’ve included this review on my blog https://jesseshanson.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/glamorous-lords-a-review-of-the-killer-angels-plus-an-original-song/ along with an original song of mine, Glamorous Lords, that was inspired by just such “noblest and least avoidable conflict”s. Oh well, Winston, no matter how great a man, in many ways, was a “Glamorous Lord”, himself, no doubt.

 

GLAMOROUS LORDS

                                    Jesse S. Hanson

You speak so carelessly about death
As if there was only your part in it
And when the killing’s finally over with
You wish to once again begin it

          All your wars, you mighty butchers
          Glamorous Lords, you find yourselves
          You break down doors, you private lookers
          Flesh and blood on swords is where your perversion dwells

They came like demons and they came like priests
They came like vampires in the darkness
In the names of gods and in the names of beasts
We fought and we fled and we became heartless

With colors flying and bright metal shining
The ground is shaking before the horde
Elephants and horses and dark angels riding
Beware the servants of the Lord

          All your wars, you mighty butchers
          Glamorous Lords, you find yourselves
          You break down doors, you private lookers
          Flesh and blood on swords is where your perversion dwells

Some speak of the past as if it’s past
As if we are somehow above it
But they’ve gone to every corner, all unasked
Until there’s no place left to love it

 Out of all the earthly six directions
A sound that for all who hear portends
For dominion lost in derelictions
And lost, it does not come back again
and lost, it does not come back again
and lost it does not come back…
come back again…

In my ongoing effort to propagate awareness of Spiritual Fiction, I’d like to present an excellent example. Unfortunately, Howard Fast, who is among the most prolific of American writers, is no longer with us to give an opinion regarding my obsession with the genre. 

Having read his memoir, Being Red, I came to believe that Howard did not necessarily believe in God. He did certainly believe in humanitarianism and fought bravely, brilliantly, and even physically for that cause in all of its purposes. He was a long-time Unitarian Universalist, though he is more often cited for his temporary ties with the American Communist movement. Those modern day souls, fearful of the very word socialism (a fear bred and bolstered by the hate mongering of political opportunists and Joe McCarthy groupies) would do well to read Howard Fast to get the other, and much truer side of the story.

Nevertheless, The Confession of Joe Cullen is, in my opinion, great Spiritual Fiction… Well, it’s all in the review. No, not really; it’s all in the novel. I highly recommend it.

As always, thanks for coming by. Please leave a comment if you’re so inclined.          jesse s. hanson

 

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by Howard Fast

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Spiritual Fiction Novel by Howard Fast

The Confession of Joe Cullen

I loved this Confession of Joe Cullen book, although, if it hadn’t been Howard Fast (it’s no secret–I’m a huge fan), I may well have not read beyond the first chapter/confession–Guy walks into a bar, says, “Hey bartender, who’s the good lookin’ dame in the corner…” Well, i’m being facetious, but it really came off as second rate New York gumshoe material. But it is Howard Fast so I didn’t quit there, and it turned out to be, not only great historical fiction and social commentary, so typical of this fine American author, but also a really wonderful example of spiritual fiction.

There isn’t a lot you can tell about this novel, without giving out spoilers. Suffice it to say that it really is a gumshoe story, with all the trappings of that form, including extreme simplicity and a certain corniness. As I was thinking of comparisons just now, Road to Perdition came to mind. People tend to be, after all, simple and a bit corny from one perspective, and yet from another, they are vital, sincere, tormented, and trajic. Having spent most of my life as an artist trapped in a blue collar body, these characters (the good guys, not the bad guys) are my friends. Yes, they are often melodramatic, but that does not negate the very real and powerful drama of their lives and their deaths. Herein, these men and women deal with important questions, such as truth, integrity, love, loneliness, despair, betrayal, loyalty, and forgiveness.

Set in 1987, The Confession is rather pre-technology as we think of it today. But it is a time, not so very far removed and I cannot see it as anything less than still relevant, even socially, to today’s world. Spiritually… well spirituality is transcendant of time, is it not? If not, I’m not sure what value it would have.

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The following controversial comments, from a group I belong to on Goodreads.com, is a very powerful discussion about what is perceived by some white folks as prejudice toward them by Native Americans. I sincerely hope you will read this carefully, especially the comment by moderator, Molly. Her words are firey weapons and they hit their mark.
As always, thank you for stopping by my blog. Please leave a comment if you are so inspired.                   jesse s. hanson
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message 4:
by Joanna (new)
2957369 Han Maske,
My name is Joanna to ride on horseback.
My respected Great grandmother ,many winds in hair, was also one of many taken by a white fam. the Bailey’s. She was to be the wife of one of their sons at the age of 13. They had only 1 child a daughter given a white mans name,Maria,but by her mother she was called speaks with crows. She also became the woman of a white man, my grandfather a pilgrim. together they had 7 children the oldest my father.
My father became the man of a white women after my grandfather had moved his fam. back to Europe, as he could not stand how the white man raped and killed many innocent peoples. This is where the heart ship of my grandmother began. She was not allowed to speak her language (Lakota) as my grandfather was to afraid she wouldn’t be accepted in white mans community, so she for 6 years remained indoors. After having many grandchildren I was the one who was taught the Lakota way which I live by till this very day. Although I am the child of 2 wonderful people I saw a lot of pain in my fathers eyes but also many good things. One of them was Love,the others Respect and Honor. Why this long storie? My friend, the white man will never stop hunting us. It is all they know, destruction be it people,animals or Grandmother Earth. They are too ignorant coming to understand (among many other matters) that the children born from mixed blood will never end the search for whom they are or where they belong to, do I need to speak of the pain that comes with it? I in all honesty do not know, people here in the Netherlands see I differ from them, in the States the same thing. The only salvation for me is to speak to many of young, and tell them my storie and of my Brothers and Sisters. We American Indians be it a thin bloodline or completely American Indian will not be accepted by any Government or Institution of Human rights. So I do “feel” this Brother’s despair. All my Heart and Spirit is able to tell him at this point is to never give up to Walk the Red Road! As it has been foretold A new Nation will arise and be called the Rainbow Warriors.
As for my name? I sit on that Horse and ride through life as a warrior of the good, protecting every child in Prayer and saving them to the best of my abilities as I am a woman and we give life so we must protect it! As we are now Entering a New Era one must hope for the better that the Great Mystery made all of us as One! Only it is hard to see non Indigenous people as such which is a result of their actions towards us and others alike us.Many of us have tried, it is however not easy for memories do not die in life.
Wakan Tanka nici un,
ake he

Joanna to ride on horseback

 
message 5: by Carol (new)
Nophoto-f-25x33 Please be careful when you post. You’re statement that “the white man will never stop hunting us” is offensive to those of us who do not deserve to be lumped in a group. I did not live here during the time of the slaves, never owned one, family didn’t either. Wasn’t here when the white men came to America and were destructive to the native americans. I am not going to live my life paying the price for the ignorance of a prior generation.

message 8: by Monica (new)
347123 Good point, Carol I second that emotion and hope it doesn’t go unnoticed. It’s good not to be expected to take the blame for past generations, however it does not excuse the lack of knowledge of the Native American view of history.

Netflix doesn’t have anything called “LOST SPARROW”.
Will anyone recommend any other films with Native American content to rent?

message 9: by Molly (new)
769943 Carol wrote: “Please be careful when you post. You’re statement that “the white man will never stop hunting us” is offensive to those of us who do not deserve to be lumped in a group. I did not live here durin…”

Carol, are you a dead person, or someone who lives outside the USA? Because if you are neither, get off your “not my fault” horse.

The Pine Ridge and Zuni reservations are the poorest counties in the NATION. Native Americans on reservations make an average of $4,500 per YEAR. The Sioux Nation by treaty owns the entire states of North and South Dakota. Think they will ever be given back? The government stole trillions of dollars in fund monies for Native Americans. NA children still routinely get removed from their homes and put in boarding schools.

So yes, you benefit every day from what white people did and DO, today. You live off a rape that continues today. So much for you not paying a price. Thanks, because you pay no price, Natives do. Daily. Because today’s generation is no less ignorant than the last.

message 10: by Pamela (new)
307722 I firmly second that Molly. Well said. Unless and until American schools begin to teach American History in a truthful way instead of “cowboys and indians” this generation and future generations remain ignorant to the reality of Native Americans today. Native American Indian Reservations…the Reservation System as a whole…in reality is this: 3rd World Nations living in a 1st World country. Now say that to yourself again. We think of 3rd World countries as being African, or Haiti or Mexico…….NOT being a part of America. But there you have it. And this is TODAY’S reality. NOW.

This comment is not to provoke. Only to encourage. If our education system is failing to tell the truth to America’s youth today about the GENOCIDE of the North American Indian…don’t we owe it to our children to teach them ourselves? As a Blackfoot Sioux…that’s all I ask. Tell the truth…and look at us NOW. Please don’t act like we exist only in myths and stories.

message 11: by jesse (new)
3550640 Dear Carol,
Although I understand what you’re saying, I think you should reconsider. I made a similar statement to yours many years ago in a Black history class in College. I lived to regret it.
It’s true that our white race has never stopped hunting and killing the Native Americans just as it has never stopped hunting down the runaway black slaves. It has never stopped humiliating the Chinese railroad worker. The list goes on.
Many Native Americans were hunted to extinction. Many others are near extinction. This is not a personal thing. The United States is a nation built upon greed and abuse and violence. Maybe God will forgive us, but let’s not tell the Native Americans to forgive us.

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