Blood Brothers: The Story Of The Strange Friendship Between Sitting Bull And Buffalo Bill
- Biographies & Memoirs, American History , Best of 2017, For Him
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Bill, Bull, and the twilight of the West
The unlikely friendship between William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody and Lakota chief Sitting Bull is brilliantly told through their time in Cody's Wild West show in the 1880s.
The story takes us from 1876 (when Sitting Bull was blamed for killing Custer, even though he hadn't participated in the "last stand") to Sitting Bull's assassination in 1890. During this time, the Native American rights movement began to flourish-but with their way of life in tatters, the Lakota availed themselves of the chance to perform for Cody, who paid them well and treated them no differently than his white performers. When Cody died in 1917, a large contingent of Native Americans attended his funeral.
Blood Brothers is an iconic friendship tale like no other.
"Deanne Stillman's Blood Brothers is a thrilling and elegantly written saga....By puncturing the mythology of the Wild West, Stillman proves once again that fact is always more surprising than fiction. A landmark achievement in American history!"--Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University, CNN Presidential Historian, and author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America
"Blood Brothers is a story of sorrow and triumph-the sorrow of Sitting Bull's murder and the triumph of Buffalo Bill Cody's central role in preserving the robust culture of the Lakota and Cheyenne people whom Sitting Bull had led in war. Deanne Stillman tells the dramatic story of these two men-enemies first, then showmen, and friends at the last."--Thomas Powers, author of The Killing of Crazy Horse
"The lives of two of the most iconic figures in American history intersect in a sad but fitting setting-a traveling Wild West show that gave both Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull second lives after their frontier days had ended. Deanne Stillman authentically recreates the lives and times of the killer of buffalo and the 'killer of Custer' who joined forces as popular entertainers." --Tom Clavin, coauthor of The Heart of Everything That Is
"After hundreds of books and magazine articles published over nearly 150 years, one would think there would be little, if anything, left to be said about either Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill. Leave it to Deanne Stillman to prove that notion wrong. Blood Brothers: The Story of the Strange Friendship between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill casts these two icons of American history in a refreshing new light. As with all Stillman's books, Blood Brothers is thoroughly researched and exquisitely written. Her telling of the friendship of these two titans of the West makes for compelling reading from the very first page."--W.K. Stratton, author of Chasing the Rodeo; Fellow of the Texas Institute of Letters
About the Author
Deanne Stillman is the author of Desert Reckoning (winner of the Spur and LA Press Club Awards for nonfiction), Mustang, a Los Angeles Times "best book of the year," and the cult classic Twentynine Palms. She writes the "Letter from the West" column for the Los Angeles Review of Books.
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|Release Date:||October 24, 2017|