You know how Hollywood simultaneously launches “twin movies”? Think:
- Tombstone vs. Wyatt Earp
- Mirror Mirror vs Snow White & the Huntsman
- The Prestige vs. The Illusionist
Well, the book industry is no different. Late June/early July 2019 heralds the release of two different takes on recent Pacific Northwest history. The blurbs on the back seem to indicate that one is a more serious, scholarly and in-depth examination of the events and the other is its sexier, more dramatic (possibly overdramatic) good-times twin. I will let you decide which you think is which. They both look interesting:
Tales of the Bundy Family
Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff
A Western Tale of America in Crisis
On street: July 2 / Hardback, $19.49
“In 2016, a group of armed, divinely inspired right-wing protestors led by Ammon Bundy occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in the high desert of eastern Oregon. Encamped in the shadowlands of the republic, insisting that the federal government had no right to own public land, the occupiers were seen by a divided country as either dangerous extremists dressed up as cowboys, or heroes insisting on restoring the rule of the Constitution.”
Anthony McCann is a resident of the Mojave Desert and teaches creative writing at the University of California, Riverside and at the California Institute of the Arts.
Up in Arms: How the Bundy Family Hijacked Public Lands, Outfoxed the Federal Government, and Ignited America’s Patriot Militia Movement
On street: June 25 / Hardback, $24.95
“’It’s time! They have my cattle, and now they have one of my boys. Range war begins tomorrow at Bundy Ranch.’”
“These words, pounded out on a laptop at Cliven Bundy’s besieged Nevada ranch on April 6, 2014, ignited a new American revolution. Across the country, a certain type of citizen snapped to attention: this was the flashpoint they’d been waiting for, a chance to help a fellow American stand up to a tyrannical and corrupt federal government.”
John Temple is the author of American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic. He is also a journalism professor at West Virginia University.