Best of
Historical-Fiction

1967

The Frontiersmen


Allan W. Eckert - 1967
    Red man's revenge.Driven from their homeland, the Indians fought bitterly to keep a final stronghold east of the Mississippi. Savage cunning, strength, skill and knowledge of the wilderness were their weapons, and the Indians used them mercilessly. But they couldn't foresee the white men who would come later, men who loved the land as much as they did, who wanted it for their own. Men who learned the Indian tricks and matched brutality for brutality.From Eckert's acclaimed The Winning of America series, this book continues the tale of westward expansion, focusing on the history of the Northwest Territories & the Louisiana Purchase & relating the dramatic events of the Black Hawk War of 1832.

笑傲江湖 [The Proud Smiling Wanderer]


Jin Yong - 1967
    The author's most famous book. The story is different from most of his other books in the way this story has no specific historic background, but an in depth portrayal of human nature with its anti-traditional themes. 《笑傲江湖》是對一般武俠小說所描寫的武林世界表現出明顯質疑的作品,這部小說從根本上解構了江湖神話,書中的江湖∕武林世界,充滿了權力紛爭,充斥著各種謀略、殺戮和血腥,不再是人們想像或夢幻中理想的神聖浪漫天地,書裡所有的人和事,無不與權力鬥爭有關。這部小說沒有歷史背景,在一連串的曲折和奸謀之中,解決了正與邪的真正意義。

Taiko: An Epic Novel of War and Glory in Feudal Japan


Eiji Yoshikawa - 1967
    Warrior monks in their armed citadels block the road to the capital; castles are destroyed, villages plundered, fields put to the torch.Amid this devastation, three men dream of uniting the nation. At one extreme is the charismatic but brutal Nobunaga, whose ruthless ambition crushes all before him. At the opposite pole is the cold, deliberate Ieyasu, wise in counsel, brave in battle, mature beyond his years. But the keystone of this triumvirate is the most memorable of all, Hideyoshi, who rises from the menial post of sandal bearer to become Taiko-absolute ruler of Japan in the Emperor's name.When Nobunaga emerges from obscurity by destroying an army ten times the size of his own, he allies himself with Ieyasu, whose province is weak, but whose canniness and loyalty make him invaluable. Yet it is the scrawny, monkey-faced Hideyoshi-brash, impulsive, and utterly fearless-who becomes the unlikely savior of this ravaged land. Born the son of a farmer, he takes on the world with nothing but his bare hands and his wits, turning doubters into loyal servants, rivals into faithful friends, and enemies into allies. In all this he uses a piercing insight into human nature that unlocks castle gates, opens men's minds, and captures women's hearts. For Hideyoshi's passions are not limited to war and intrigue-his faithful wife, Nene, holds his love dear, even when she must share it; the chaste Oyu, sister of Hideyoshi's chief strategist, falls prey to his desires; and the seductive Chacha, whom he rescues from the fiery destruction of her father's castle, tempts his weakness.As recounted by Eiji Yoshikawa, author of the international best-seller Musashi, Taiko tells many stories: of the fury of Nobunaga and the fatal arrogance of the black-toothed Yoshimoto; of the pathetic downfall of the House of Takeda; how the scorned Mitsuhide betrayed his master; how once impregnable ramparts fell as their defenders died gloriously. Most of all, though, Taiko is the story of how one man transformed a nation through the force of his will and the depth of his humanity. Filled with scenes of pageantry and violence, acts of treachery and self-sacrifice, tenderness and savagery, Taiko combines the panoramic spectacle of a Kurosawa epic with a vivid evocation of feudal Japan.

The Power of the Dog


Thomas Savage - 1967
    Phil is the bright one, George the plodder. Phil is tall and angular; George is stocky and silent. Phil is a brilliant chess player, a voracious reader, an eloquent storyteller; George learns slowly, and devotes himself to the business.Phil is a vicious sadist, with a seething contempt for weakness to match his thirst for dominance; George has a gentle, loving soul. They sleep in the room they shared as boys, and so it has been for forty years. When George unexpectedly marries a young widow and brings her to live at the ranch, Phil begins a relentless campaign to destroy his brother's new wife. But he reckons without an unlikely protector.From its visceral first paragraph to its devastating twist of an ending, The Power of the Dog will hold you in its grip.WITH AN AFTERWORD BY ANNIE PROULX

Katie Mulholland


Catherine Cookson - 1967
    But the beautiful young girl soon captures the eye of her employer’s evil son, who rapes her and leaves her pregnant. Quick to dismiss Katie, the family forces her into a loveless marriage with the cruel manager of the Rosier mines. But Katie’s fate changes course when one man offers her the opportunity to make her own fortune, and to discover real love . . . Spanning Katie’s life from 1860 to the height of WWII, this is a spellbinding, triumphant, timeless drama from the pen of a brilliantly skilled storyteller.

The Confessions of Nat Turner


William Styron - 1967
    He is a slave, a preacher, and the leader of the only effective slave revolt in the history of 'that peculiar institution'. William Styron's ambitious and stunningly accomplished novel is Turner's confession, made to his jailers under the duress of his God. Encompasses the betrayals, cruelties and humiliations that made up slavery - and that still sear the collective psyches of both races.

The Bridge in the Jungle


B. Traven - 1967
    Traven's finest novel, The Bridge in the Jungle is a tale of a simple, desperately poor people coming together in the face of a death that affects them all. The locale is "huts by the river, " a nameless Indian settlement deep in the Mexican bush, too small to appear on any map. A festive gathering that has attracted many Indians from neighboring settlements is about to begin, when death marches silently in. A small boy has disappeared. As the intimation of tragedy spreads among the people gathered in the jungle clearing, they unite, first to find the lost boy and then to console the grieving mother. Traven never allows an iota of sentimentality to enter his story, but the reader finishes The Bridge in the Jungle with renewed faith in the courage and dignity of human beings.

Prairie School


Lois Lenski - 1967
    When a very severe blizzard hits the prairies of South Dakota, the children in a one-room schoolhouse must muster their wits together and stay at the school until help arrives.

The Great and Terrible Quest


Margaret Lovett - 1967
    Exciting, engrossing, enchanting! Reading Level: Ages 11-13.

The Year of the Horsetails


R.F. Tapsell - 1967
    Bardiya is a soldier in the armies of the Kagan (warleader)of the brutal Mongol-like Central Asian nomad people of the Tugars- but he is from a minority people, the Saka. He is forced to flee from the land of Tugars. When a village is threatened with destruction his loyalties change and helps teach his new people how to defend themselves against a vastly superior enemy.

Horatio Hornblower's Temptation & The Last Encounter


C.S. Forester - 1967
    S. Forester, featuring his fictional naval hero, Horatio Hornblower. It was published together with the unfinished novel Hornblower and the Crisis and another short story, "The Last Encounter". It is titled "Hornblower's Temptation" in certain US editions.The story is set very early in Hornblower's career, in 1799 or 1800, after Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, but before Lieutenant Hornblower."The Last Encounter" is a short story by C. S. Forester, the final chapter in the life of his fictional naval hero, Horatio Hornblower.

Action at Beecher Island


Dee Brown - 1967
    This is the bloody saga of Beecher Island.

Silent Ship, Silent Sea


Robb White - 1967
    As a crippled destroyer, unable to communicate, drifts through enemy seas, a young captain struggles to save his command and a raw, young seaman proves that he is of officer caliber.

Brown Lord of the Mountain


Walter Macken - 1967
    But Donn longs for a wider kingdom. He deserts his bride, roams the world, fights in wars, is footloose - yet finds that he is homesick. Sixteen years later he returns to take up the threads of his old life, to learn to love his afflicted daughter, and to bring progress to the neglected green valley. Light comes, water flows, the land prospers. Then, on a night of innocent festivity, a monstrous crime is perpetrated. His kingdom violated, Donn dedicates himself to a terrible revenge that can only destroy the avenger as well as the hunted

The Bible Smuggler


Louise A. Vernon - 1967
    He feels the common people of sixteenth-century England should be able to read the Scriptures for themselves. The church and government violently disagree with him.Collin Hartley, an English boy, works with Tyndale on his dangerous project. Tyndale has to flee to Europe for his life. Collin goes along. Tyndale's enemies follow him and try to catch him. But Tyndale manages to complete the translation. Then he has the English-language Bibles printed and smuggles them into England.Along with Collin Hartley, you will participate in all the important events of this story. For 9- to 14-year olds. 144 Pages.

Night Falls on the City


Sarah Gainham - 1967
    But Franz is Jewish, and just across the border the tanks of the Nazi Reich are primed for the Anschluss.Soon after the German troops enter Austria, disappearances become routine and Franz must be concealed. In the shadow of oppression, the streets are full of collaborators and spies, allegiances shift and ancient hatreds resurface, and Julia must strike hateful bargains with the new order if she and her husband are to survive.

The Marsh King


C. Walter Hodges - 1967
    Hodges switches narrators from the secretary, Alfred Dane-Leg (The Namesake, 1964) to a secondary source, the son of Hildis who as a little girl is caught up in the struggle between Christian Saxon and pagan Northman. In the period of a year or so, Alfred releases Guthorm the Dane and his followers, provoking Guthorm's scorn by his magnanimity and words of advice, then rallies his forces to defeat Guthorm's vengeful attack upon Wessex, finally converting him to Christianity and establishing him as king of a buffer state. The import is obvious, vindicating Alfred's assertion that "if we and not Guthorm are to win the end, surely it must not be because our brutalities are stronger than his, but because our purposes are greater." The historical events emerge from a rich tapestry of life in palace and peasant hut (Hildis and her brothers cornered by a wild boar, King Alfred inadvertently burning an old woman's bread) in which each incident has later implications. Characterization is equally rich: Guthorm, his head covered to hide his baldness, "suffering much from toothache." Mr. Hodges' typically robust illustrations close in on conspiratorial moments, stand back to survey a swirling scene. Try this on your Treece readers: it demands a little more, perhaps, repays in full measure of historical insight and individual understanding.