The Pale-Faced Lie: A True Story
  • The Pale-Faced Lie: A True Story
  • The Pale-Faced Lie: A True Story
ISBN: 0997487151
EAN13: 9780997487152
Language: English
Pages: 356
Dimensions: 0.89" H x 8.5" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 1.17 lbs.
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Spur Award Winner for Best Western First Nonfiction Book - Spur Award Finalist for Best Western Contemporary Nonfiction - IPY Silver Award for Best Memoir - Next Generation Indie Award for Best Memoir (Overcoming Adversity) - International Book Award for Best True Crime

A violent ex-con forces his son to commit crimes in this unforgettable memoir about family and survival

Cinematically gripping.--Kirkus Reviews

Growing up on the Navajo Indian Reservation, David Crow and his siblings idolized their dad, a self-taught Cherokee who loved to tell his children about his World War I feats. But as time passed, David discovered the other side of Thurston Crow, the ex-con with his own code of ethics that justified cruelty, violence, lies--even murder. Intimidating David with beatings, Thurston coerced his son into doing his criminal bidding. David's mom, too mentally ill to care for her children, couldn't protect him.

Through sheer determination, and with the help of a few angels along the way, David managed to get into college and achieve professional success. When he finally found the courage to refuse his father's criminal demands, he unwittingly triggered a plot of revenge that would force him into a deadly showdown Read More chevron_right

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This book is very different, Frey said. Yes, the kids were abused, Turner said. There were some disturbing images of abuse, Morgenthau said. The dad was an angry guy who hit his kids often and tried to kill his wife. What really changed my life was that he didn't abandon his kids, Raymond said. He wanted the best for his children. He was a serious criminal, and had no real idea how to raise children, the prosecutor said. But the children grew up to be decent citizens, all had an education and functioned in society, he said. It was very different from most memoirs, I couldn't put it down. Great read, said Dr. Chester Floyd, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
   Moving Story
It's true that adult children need to forgive the past and move on, Graham said. David's story is heart-wrenching, especially the physical abuse that was not handled by his school.
   Oh, my!
In the book, Rebekah McCall tells the story of how her family was so abused by the police and the courts that they were denied access to medical care. Common occurrences of natural-gas shortages, shortages of safety equipment and shortages of medicines were also common in the past but were not reported, apparently. The father, Douglas Kilpatrick, said his son was "pretty much knocked to his knees" by the other parents as they tried to intervene. He's an amazing man, said Beckham, 50. He wrote, "The human spirit survives, that is, until death." Thanks to him, many other readers will find their own story.
   An unbelievable true story!
Just unbelievable as was the transition to college graduate, Senatorial aide, an Ag Department staffer and congressional lobbyist, Fisch said. His wife and children were not present. Yes, I know it's true. He is a testament to resilience, determination, grit and the enlightenment of forgiveness. Many times, I was ready to quit the book, averse as I am to horror fiction, but grateful I persevered. To David, for the courage of your life and for telling this true story.
   Coming to Terms With a Horrible Upbringing
I thought the book was fantastic and I was struck by how similar children from abusive situations are, he said. I rooted for the children throughout and it was hard not to feel despair at their suffering, he said. It sounds like they are all doing okay, Levine said. I enjoyed this book more than I ever thought I would and it helped me gain insight into my own life, Morgenthau said. A great deal of credit goes to David Beckham.
   Nia:wen. Thankful
I am an American that grew up with a father that wasn't a criminal Crow, but endured the same type of anger and discipline displayed by David's father. This book brought back so many childhood memories that are good or ill. But this book has given me a reminder about the power of forgiveness. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to read this book and will share this story with those that I come into contact with, he said. There is a saying in our culture that says, "There is a saying." The decisions that you make today will affect those seven generations after us, he said. This book is another reminder about how we deal with our pasts and learn from those lessons to move the needle forward in a positive direction for the children in our lives, he said.
   Disturbing, yet gripping
This story reads like a psychological thriller, Raymond said. And out of this wreckage emerged a man who not only survived the odds but excelled at life despite being a victim of the most extreme abuse imaginable. David Crow, the writer of the OpEd story, deserves kudos for being brave enough to share it. I can only hope that it helps others who may be suffering a similar fate by bringing to light the fact that monsters do exist, and by making us aware of the signs that someone may be desperate in need of our help to escape their prison of pain.
   Difficult read but good
The author went through so much, it was riveting. Frank Bruno has a solution: He wishes he had the courage to break free long ago. It's just that I don't think it's possible. It's a story of a desperate young man who cannot rid himself of his father until he is old enough to stand.
   The message that you can free yourself from your living hell, even if it takes many years.
He said: "Thank God I survived the ordeal we call childhood. My brother didn't survive... We are all very happy. He is an inspiration to the adults and children of our society living with a hellacious childhood. Thanks for the call, Mr. Crow.
The headline says it all. I had trouble believing much of what this Author had to say. If it is true, I will have to say he had the worlds worse parents. There are evil people in the world, but David's Father goes beyond the pale. The book is very repetitive, and I found most of the problems with it easy to solve. I also found it hard to sympathize with David because he seemed like a little hellion who had no empathy for others, Raymond said. Even with all his achievements, Ryan is still hard to believe. It's a childhood that would not make a normal functioning adult. I also could not understand how his father got away with all the crimes and cruelty that he dealt with, Mrs Clinton said. The man deserved to be in prison for the rest of his life, he said. Yes, I would not recommend this book. I read it all the way through but found myself impatient with the young Davids and cruelty. Enough is enough.