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Genocide and Vendetta: The Round Valley Wars in Northern California Hardcover – November, 1981


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr; 1st edition (November 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806115491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806115498
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,712,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The book consists of three major sections:
1) The genocide of the aboriginial inhabitants of Humboldt & Mendocino Counties. 2) The rise & fall of the Asbill brothers; two early settlers in the area. 3) The story of the infamous George E. White. Cattle King of Round Valley & the Yolla Bolly country in northwestern California from the 1850's to 1902.
The first section is difficult to read. Partly because of the content, & partly because of the format. Appears to be written in the format used for a Master's thesis. Does contain a wealth of information. Some of it repeated from various sources. Gives an overview of the Indian population decline as well as graphic descriptions of some of the murderous incidents. Horrific. Bosnia today has nothing on what a few pitiless men did in the Yolla Bolly country during the 1850's & 1860's. Easier reading covering some of the same material are "The Story of the Stolen Valley," by Rena Lynn, and "The Saga of Round Valley The Last of the West," by John E. Keller.
The second section is easier reading because it is based largely on the narrative of Frank Asbil. Son of Pierce Asbill & nephew of Frank Asbil. Follows their story from their arrival in the Yolla Bolly country as hide hunters through the rise & fall of their livestock operations. Colorful & entertaining. My favorite part of the book. If you like this section, look for the "Last of the West" by Frank Asbill & Argle Shawley
The third section relates the story of George White's livestock empire. Includes examples of the brutal methods used by his henchmen to control the rich grazing land of the Yolla Bolly country.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kagama on September 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most important history books to be written in California. Not only does it reveal the shocking truth about what the early settlers did to the natives in this part of California, but it names name's. And this is why it is considered a Rare book; Soon after this book came out, someone went on a buying campaign to purchase all the available books. They then had them destroyed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By inspectorrgadget on September 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I too want to see a copy of this book, but not for the ridiculous prices seen here. Researching it elsewhere, only about 8500 (or maybe 2500, depends on who posts it) of these were published. The families of the guilty bought and destroyed all copies they could get, whilst the author was sued for plagiarism. So the book was withdrawn as a result of lawsuits. Effectively, the forbidden history this book illustrates has been flushed down the memory hole.

Elsewhere, some people publish bootlegged music in the name of getting stuff for free. I wonder if this book could be rescued from the memory hole by such a method.

Anybody know how I could get a copy?
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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1999
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please find me the book above
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