And I do read. I read the Hornblower series as a matter of fact. Lately not much fiction.
Recent reading included Me 'n' Henry, by Walter Swan, about his experiences growing up in Arizona when it was still nearly the frontier, and when the Great Depression hit. It was quite interesting reading, often humorous, sometimes sad. It's not the greatest piece of literature, but is, as I said, interesting.
Right now I'm reading Northwest Fights and Fighters. I forget the author's name right now, but I remember that his initials are C.T.B. I think his first name is Cyrus. Anyway, the subject is the Nez Perce and Modoc wars. I'm finished with the Nez Perce war, and about to start on the Modoc. Cyrus presents the Nez Perce war from the writings of combatants on both sides. Actually, the Nez Perce didn't write, but there are accounts of what they said. Anyway, Cyrus takes the side of the Nes Perze as far as justice of cause goes. I do as well, up to a point. That point is that I consider it barbarian to start a war protesting injustice by killing innocent, non-hostile non-combatants. I believe Chief Joseph would concur with me, but having been thrown into the war, he led his people brilliantly and magnificently. Since I live very more or less between the areas where these two wars took place, this book is of particular interest to me. Why the calvary didn't adopt Winchester repeaters is beyond me. The Nez Perce could fire 16 rounds before reloading. The cavalrymen had to load every round. This was an unfortunate handicap inasmuch as they were inferior in almost every other way to the Indians, except perhaps in numbers, for the task at hand, from survival skills to marksmanship to riding ability to tracking and stealth, the Indians were the masters by far. Still, the end was innevitable, and when Joseph saw this, he capitulated. There is a certain nobility in that too – not sacrificing his people for pride or some such nonsense.
Reality: An important truth test