I want to point out that while I disagree with author Stephen Schwartz on many subjects he is praise worthy for many reasons. As an author he is highly entertaining and he clearly understands how to balance education with entertainment. One will not find a boring Stephen Schwartz paragraph. He is a craftsman and understands the finer points of being a writer.
The second point is that he is a muslim American patriot. Schwartz is a tireless foe of Wahabism and CAIR. He sees Wahabism as a perversion of his faith. If the entire Muslim community were made up with rational people like Schwartz we would have a safer planet.
Schwartz does not mince words about the Nation of Islam. He calls Farakhan's movement a cult. He expressly denounces terrorism with no equivocation and word games. He does not excuse shooting school kids in the back or smacking planes into office buildings.
Schwartz and I have disagreed on many points but that is okay and even normal. He is somewhat of a grouch but I am told by others he can be witty and engaging in person.
Even when we disagree with him he is still a person to be respected as he does have a sense of honor. Nobody on the planet humiliates Dennis Raimondo in such a comedic
and skillful fashion. Raimondo has tire tracks on his back but comes back stupidly for more abuse.
Schwartz paints an unvarnished picture of the early labor movement in California. In those days sailors were being outsourced by cheaper Chinese sailors. Schwartz paints a more realistic image of the early labor movement then we often see in our sanitized history books. Many of the early Union activists were overt racists. The stench of Marxism did pervade the unions. Schwartz does not fall victim to the curent need to make saints out of the early labor leaders. He points out that many legitamate grievances with the railroads and industry leaders. His description of the era is evenhanded and above all entertaining.
The part about the Marxist colony cutting down Redwoods should be viewed in another prism. Marxist have a dreadful record on the environment and only recently have begun to hyperventilate on this issue. The colony failed because it was not run properly and did not bother to leagally aquire the land upon which it opperated.