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In 1954, after the government implements the Indian Termination Act, three Klamath brothers are forced to contemplate their futures amidst the growing turmoil of life on the reservation.

Winner of a Spur Award, Buy the Chief a Cadillac is a powerful story of American Indians confronting an uncertain future in the Pacific Northwest. In his praise of this dramatic novel, best-selling author Tony Hillerman says it "should be added to reading lists for students of American history".

©2004 Rick Steber (P)2005 Recorded Books

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  • Craig
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 09-08-11

Things You Should Know

The Klamath Indian Tribe, like many other tribes across the North American continent, were bamboozled out of their treaty-granted lands through cynical and twisted policies designed to prey upon the frailties of impoverished peoples. This novel, "Buy the Chief a Cadillac," retells the story of the Indian Termination Act through the eyes of a fictional and righteous character, Pokey Pitsua, a Klamath ("half-breed") whose virtues are vast.

The novel is both entertaining and tragic at the same time. You will be torn between your guilt at finding humor in human tragedy and discovering that every tragic character is a mirror to your own personal demons. Rick Steber writes about us...now, not about a tragic land grab and rip-off fifty years ago.

Read this book...it entertains, and enlightens.

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Compelling narrative, great characters

What made the experience of listening to Buy the Chief a Cadillac the most enjoyable?

I lived in Klamath Falls during the early sixties, saw and heard many examples of what happened with all that money at once. The devistation to the Indian community was beyond belief.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The local policeman

Which scene was your favorite?

Driving through the window

If you could take any character from Buy the Chief a Cadillac out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Certainly not Chief!

Any additional comments?

Very good narration, pleasant voice and easy to identify the characters.