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Take to the Hills! Clothing the Sierra Madres Kindle Edition

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Length: 26 pages

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  • File Size: 607 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kos Media LLC (October 10, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FS44F0E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Howard Mittelmark on November 15, 2013
I read a lot of books, and this one stands out. Not only is it a great read, a well-written true story that makes you feel what it's like to find yourself suddenly careening down a icy mountain path in the dark in a beat-up VW van with failing brakes, or what the stars look like over the Mexican desert when the nearest town is somewhere past the horizon, it reminds you that there are worthwhile things you can be doing in the world. Patrick Randall makes it clear that a single person can make a real difference, that sometimes there are better things to do than read another book.

While other people looking for excitement go on $30,000 safaris or take up base-jumping, Randall, already our preeminent short-form transit pamphleteer, channeled his wanderlust and first-world discontent into making life better for people he'd never met. His story is a blast, and might make you reconsider your vacation plans. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Buck on November 18, 2013
Such a simple idea at the heart of this book A life lesson learned in a quick and easy read
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Read on December 11, 2013
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Already familiar with Patrick Randall's work (he blogs under another name elsewhere), I knew that with "Take to the Hills--Clothing the Sierra Madres" I'd be getting an exciting story, written in a way that would be a pleasure to read. What I didn't expect was to be rocked back on my heels by a question the writer poses in the middle of the book: a question I'm still grappling with because there are (at least in my case) several different answers.

That said, this is a most entertaining story. Although it's not a long book by any means, while reading it I experienced the same emotions I've felt in reading so-called "blockbusters." I laughed, I cried, and when I finished it I felt that I was a better person for having experienced this adventure through Randall's eyes.

The Patrick Randall I know under another name is a humble man who would no doubt blush to hear himself described as a modern-day Robin Hood. Yet he shares the attributes of that legendary figure--not in stealing from the rich to give to the poor, because the goods he gave to the poor were entirely voluntary donations--but in sacrificing his own comfort to do so. Who among us, ensconced in our own comfortable grooves, hasn't dreamed of doing something heroic, of contributing to a greater good?

Randall is that man, and believe me--if I were wearing one of those seventeenth-century hats with a long curling feather, I'd take it off and sweep the ground in front of him with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul W. Joy on January 2, 2014
It happens that my family has done almost this same thing so we can vouch for the accuracy of the account. This is an inspiring story; it's so valuable for others to take note of, and perhaps follow through on. Many thanks to Patrick for making public his missions into the mountains of northern Mexico - he has done much more by himself than all our official diplomacy and foreign aid can claim as successes. Imagine how many people will remember the gringo in the van! It takes effort but it can be done. Bravo, Patrick!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah B on December 7, 2013
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Fantastic adventure story by someone who dared to try to help and found a way. I wish it was longer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen A. on November 24, 2013
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There was a small part of my heart that started to die when I saw our own Congress was willing to let poor children starve without food assistance. Randall not only saved that piece of my heart; he reminded me that I could change a small part of the world to look how it ought to look. It doesn't hurt the tale at all that Randall is a damn good writer, either.

Right now, the hacker group Anonymous is coordinating #OpSafeWinter internationally (on Twitter), doing in their home areas much of what Randall did in the Sierra Madres. I found my local group. Go find yours.
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