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The Pale-Faced Lie

Author David Crow presents a riveting account of  growing up on the Navajo Indian Reservation with a mentally ill mother and violent father, an ex-con from San Quentin who groomed David to be his partner in crime.

“Cinematically gripping. . . . An extraordinary remembrance that’s both gut-wrenching and inspiring.”

Kirkus Reviews


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Author David Crow

DAVID CROW is a husband, father, and author, as well as a lobbyist with more than 40 years’ experience working in the nation’s capital. He is a sought-after public speaker and writer, captivating audiences with his fresh take on political events and American history and with his unforgettable stories about his childhood on the Navajo Indian Reservation. READ MORE

“Those who have been hurt the most often have the greatest ability to heal.”


A violent ex-con forces his son to commit crimes in this riveting memoir about family and survival

Growing up on the Navajo Indian Reservation, David Crow and his three siblings idolized their dad. Tall, strong, smart, and brave, the self-taught Cherokee loved to tell his children about his World War II feats. But as time passed, David discovered the other side of Thurston Crow, the ruthless ex-con with his own code of ethics that justified cruelty, violence, lies—even murder.

Intimidating David with beatings, Thurston coerced his son into doing his criminal bidding. David’s mother, too mentally ill to care for her children . . . READ MORE

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