The Pale-Faced Lie by David Crow audiobook

The Pale-Faced Lie: A True Story

By David Crow
Read by Kaipo Schwab

Tantor Audio 9780997487176
11.90 Hours 1
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Growing up on the Navajo Indian Reservation, David Crow and his siblings idolized their dad. Tall, strong, smart, and brave, the self-taught Cherokee regaled his family with stories of his World War II 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. A shrewd con artist with a genius IQ, Thurston intimidated David with beatings to coerce him into doing his criminal bidding. David's mom, too mentally ill to care for her children, couldn't protect him. One day, Thurston packed up the house and took the kids, leaving her nothing. Soon he remarried, and David learned that his stepmother was just as vicious and abusive as his father. 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 stop helping his father with his criminal activities, he unwittingly triggered a plot of revenge that would force him into a showdown with Thurston Crow. With lives at stake, including his own, David would have only twenty-four hours to outsmart his father—the brilliant, psychotic man who bragged that the three years he spent in the notorious San Quentin State Prison had been the easiest time of his life.

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Summary

Summary

#1 Amazon bestseller

Winner of the Spur Award for Best Western First Nonfiction

Finalist for the IPPY Outstanding Book of the Year in Memoirs

Finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Memoir

Growing up on the Navajo Indian Reservation, David Crow and his siblings idolized their dad. Tall, strong, smart, and brave, the self-taught Cherokee regaled his family with stories of his World War II 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.

A shrewd con artist with a genius IQ, Thurston intimidated David with beatings to coerce him into doing his criminal bidding. David's mom, too mentally ill to care for her children, couldn't protect him. One day, Thurston packed up the house and took the kids, leaving her nothing. Soon he remarried, and David learned that his stepmother was just as vicious and abusive as his father.

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 stop helping his father with his criminal activities, he unwittingly triggered a plot of revenge that would force him into a showdown with Thurston Crow. With lives at stake, including his own, David would have only twenty-four hours to outsmart his father—the brilliant, psychotic man who bragged that the three years he spent in the notorious San Quentin State Prison had been the easiest time of his life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Delivers a truthful and ultimately empowering missive about the long shadow cast by an abusive parent.” Publishers Weekly
"[Crow] has considerable wisdom to impart and an unexpected ending that will linger in memory.” Jeff Guinn, New York Times bestselling author
“A hard-hitting, gut-punch memoir that should be on any reading list about family relationships and abuse, true crime, and Native American culture and interrelationships.” Midwest Book Review
“A compellingly and graphically written memoir about a supremely dysfunctional family.” Albuquerque Journal
“His compelling and heart-wrenching memoir rises above the horror as a powerful testimony to the enduring strength of the human spirit.” Anne Hillerman, New York Times bestselling author
“A disturbing yet captivating memoir about how one man’s psychotic delusions can imprison an entire family.” New York Journal of Books

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Author Bio: David Crow

Author Bio: David Crow

David Crow spent his early years on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona and New Mexico. Through grit, resilience, and a thirst for learning, he managed to escape his abusive childhood, graduate from college, and build a successful lobbying firm in Washington, DC. He is a sought-after speaker for businesses and trade organizations around the world. Throughout the years, he has mentored over 200 college interns, performed pro-bono service for the charitable organization Save the Children, and participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 11.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English