Sunday, July 21, 2013

Author Uncovers Bone Controversy

"THE BONE WAR OF MCCURTAIN COUNTY by Russell Ferrell.  Subtitled  A true story of two ordinary men's quest for treasure and their battle against extraordinary odds (Expanded edition). 2013.

Oklahoma has many strange and hard to believe chapters in its short history as a state. Author Russell Ferrell has uncovered one of the more bizarre, and convoluted, cases ever.  It all started when two guys found some bones...

In just over 400 pages, The Bone War of McCurtain County has packed a story whose complexity, importance, and historical value can only be described as 'epic.' In the story of how two intelligent and capable amateurs were finally able to prevail against corporate greed,intimidation, academic short-shortsightedness, research rivalries, and worse is an important lesson for everyone. The author so completely explains the history, processes, and meaning of events that, even a reader without any knowledge of southeast Oklahoma, dinosaurs, fossil hunting, or confusions of legal and political activity- can clearly understand the struggles chronicled.

Cephis Hall and Sid Love - co-discoverers of the rare find - have to join the ranks of 20th century folk heroes. They battled the Weyerhaeuser Corporation of McCurtain County (OK), elitist academics and false accusations and raids by armed police. They fought against corruption, ignorance, and short sighted government.  

Read an interview with the author here."

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