Ah, yes. That lonely book review.
First, I want to express my gratitude to “sherifmd” for providing my first book review on Amazon. I have no choice but to acknowledge that he only gave me two stars (one certainly can’t overlook that), but the review itself was fair, positive, and polite. For that I am grateful. Here is what he had to say:
Concise coverage of events. If you have read much on the lynching, then pass on this book. Nothing new is covered in this book. If you have not read much on the lynching, this book provides all the known detail and is a good read.
When the majority of your readers consists of older men who are already well acquainted with the facts behind the lynching and who purchased the book through a local individual, it is difficult to get any online review at all. So, therefore, I will be grateful for this one lone review. But still, I can’t help but wonder why only two stars while claiming the book to be “a good read”. It appears as though he gave my book a low score due to the fact that he already knew the story.
This book, Citizens and Assassins, was written for people with an interest in history who are not familiar with the Oklahoma lynching of 1909 and for those who want to call to mind the events leading to the hanging. It was written in an effort to see that the story is never forgotten. Even the city of Ada seems to have intentionally allowed the story to wane as they have taken out of the public’s view nearly all references to the lynching. When I became interested in learning about the hanging of four men which took place in Ada, I had a difficult time finding a book that accurately told the story. There are two known books which were written about the Ada lynching; one titled, Four Men Hanging, by Welborn Hope, and the other one, well, not even worth mentioning. Both of these books are out of print and were written with a fictitious narrative making it difficult to determine facts from fiction. I spent a great deal of time looking for these books, and was terribly disappointed once I was finally able to read them.
Upon a visit to the local historical society in Ada, I inquired about information on the lynching. A kind lady referred me to Four Men Hanging. While this book was “a good read” (borrowing sherifmd’s words), it failed to cover the history of the people associated with the lynching. Once I mentioned to the kind lady that I had already read the book, she replied, “Well, that book has all there is to know about the lynching. There is nothing else to know.” Just a quick internet search told me this was not correct, as there was much more to the story than what this book had to offer.
For these reasons (and for others), I was compelled to write a book on the subject. While Citizens and Assassins may not provide new information for “sherifmd” (though I feel I have a good argument against that point), I encourage him to show me where one can find a “concise coverage of events” of the lynching in one single location as has been provided in this book.
Screenshot of “sheriffmd” review on Amazon.