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A Paradise of Blood : The Creek War of 1813-14
by III Howard T. Weir


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What do you need to leave behind?

When I was in college, I figured my life would come together around graduation. I'd meet a guy; we'd plan a beautiful wedding and buy a nice house-not necessarily with a picket fence, but with whatever kind of fence we wanted.  Read more...


 
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More About A Paradise of Blood by III Howard T. Weir
 
 
 
Overview

What do you need to leave behind?

When I was in college, I figured my life would come together around graduation. I'd meet a guy; we'd plan a beautiful wedding and buy a nice house-not necessarily with a picket fence, but with whatever kind of fence we wanted. I might work, or I might not, but whatever we decided, I would be happy.

When I got out of college and my life didn't look like that, I floundered around, trying to figure out how to get the life I had always dreamed of. I went down so many different paths for it. Career. Travel. Friends. Relationships. But none of them were as satisfying as I hoped they would be.

Like many twenty-somethings, I tried desperately to discover the life of my dreams after college, but instead of finding it, I just kept "accumulating baggage." I had school loans, car payments, electronics I couldn't afford, a house full of mismatched furniture I didn't love but that had become my own, hurt from broken relationships, and unmet expectations for what life was "supposed to be" like.

Just when I had given up all hope of finding the "life I'd always dreamed about," I decided to take a trip to all fifty states...because when you go on a trip, you can't take your baggage. What I found was that "packing light" wasn't as easy as I thought it was.

"This is the story of that trip and learning to live life with less baggage."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781594161933
  • ISBN-10: 1594161933
  • Publisher: Westholme Pub Llc
  • Publish Date: December 2015
  • Page Count: 546
  • Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.98 pounds


Related Categories

Books > History > Native American
Books > History > United States - 19th Century
Books > History > Military - United States

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-02-01
  • Reviewer: Staff

Attorney Weir digs into the little-discussed conflict that solidified Andrew Jackson's place in the national spotlight. He begins with the development of the Muskogee Confederation, known to whites as the Creek Nation, in a region ethnically cleansed by Hernando De Soto's 16th-century expedition. By the 1790s the Confederation faced a mortal challenge "to keep the American wolves from its tribal lands." Divided between their ancient traditions and a "new and frightening path toward the adoption of a European mode of living," the Creeks descended into a civil war that sparked conflict with both white settlers and neighboring tribes. In 1813, an amateur army led by an amateur general, Andrew Jackson, invaded the Creek Nation. Weir presents Jackson as decisive and aggressive but more of a "brawler than a leader of men," and one who possessed "only the loyalty of his friends." Presenting a string of American victories in a model operational analysis of irregular warfare, Weir describes competent subordinates and volunteer fighting men as well as Native American allies, including many Creeks. Weir confidently shows that Creek capitulation ended effective Native American resistance east of the Mississippi, and their surrender of 21 million acres of land opened the region to cotton and slavery—thus "a new, peculiarly American, hell was born." Illus. (Jan.)

 
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