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Blood Brothers: The Story of the Strange Friendship between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill
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Winner of the 2018 Ohioana Book Award for Nonfiction The little-known but uniquely American story of the unlikely friendship of two famous figures of the American West—Buffalo Bill Cody and Sitting Bull—told through the prism of their collaboration in Cody's Wild West show in 1885. "Splendid... Blood Brothers eloquently explores the clash of cultures on the Great Plains that initially united the two legends and how this shared experience contributed to the creation of their ironic political alliance." —Bobby Bridger, Austin ChronicleIt was in Brooklyn, New York, in 1883 that William F. Cody—known across the land as Buffalo Bill—conceived of his Wild West show, an "equestrian extravaganza" featuring cowboys and Indians. It was a great success, and for four months in 1885 the Lakota chief Sitting Bull appeared in the show. Blood Brothers tells the story of these two iconic figures through their brief but important collaboration, in "a compelling narrative that reads like a novel" (Orange County Register). "Thoroughly researched, Deanne Stillman's account of this period in American history is elucidating as well as entertaining" (Booklist), complete with little-told details about the two men whose alliance was eased by none other than Annie Oakley. When Sitting Bull joined the Wild West, the event spawned one of the earliest advertising slogans: "Foes in '76, Friends in '85." Cody paid his performers well, and he treated the Indians no differently from white performers. During this time, the Native American rights movement began to flourish. But with their way of life in tatters, the Lakota and others availed themselves of the chance to perform in the Wild West show. When Cody died in 1917, a large contingent of Native Americans attended his public funeral. An iconic friendship tale like no other, Blood Brothers is a timeless story of people from different cultures who crossed barriers to engage each other as human beings. Here, Stillman provides "an account of the tragic murder of Sitting Bull that's as good as any in the literature...Thoughtful and thoroughly well-told—just the right treatment for a subject about which many books have been written before, few so successfully" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
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"Splendid... Blood Brothers eloquently explores the clash of cultures on the Great Plains that initially united the two legends and how this shared experience contributed to the creation of their ironic political alliance." —Bobby Bridger, Austin Chronicle
It was in Brooklyn, New York, in 1883 that William F. Cody—known across the land as Buffalo Bill—conceived of his Wild West show, an "equestrian extravaganza" featuring cowboys and Indians. It was a great success, and for four months in 1885 the Lakota chief Sitting Bull appeared in the show. Blood Brothers tells the story of these two iconic figures through...
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Winner of the 2018 Ohioana Book Award for Nonfiction

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"Splendid... Blood Brothers eloquently explores the clash of cultures on the Great Plains that initially united the two legends and how this shared experience contributed to the creation of their ironic political alliance." —Bobby Bridger, Austin Chronicle
It was in Brooklyn, New York, in 1883 that William F. Cody—known across the land as Buffalo Bill—conceived of his Wild West show, an "equestrian extravaganza" featuring cowboys and Indians. It was a great success, and for four months in 1885 the Lakota chief Sitting Bull appeared in the show. Blood Brothers tells the story of these two iconic figures through their brief but important collaboration, in "a compelling narrative that reads like a novel" (Orange County Register).

"Thoroughly researched, Deanne Stillman's account of this period in American history is elucidating as well as entertaining" (Booklist), complete with little-told details about the two men whose alliance was eased by none other than Annie Oakley. When Sitting Bull joined the Wild West, the event spawned one of the earliest advertising slogans: "Foes in '76, Friends in '85." Cody paid his performers well, and he treated the Indians no differently from white performers. During this time, the Native American rights movement began to flourish. But with their way of life in tatters, the Lakota and others availed themselves of the chance to perform in the Wild West show. When Cody died in 1917, a large contingent of Native Americans attended his public funeral.

An iconic friendship tale like no other, Blood Brothers is a timeless story of people from different cultures who crossed barriers to engage each other as human beings. Here, Stillman provides "an account of the tragic murder of Sitting Bull that's as good as any in the literature...Thoughtful and thoroughly well-told—just the right treatment for a subject about which many books have been written before, few so successfully" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
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        June 1, 2017

        Author of Twentynine Palms, a Los Angeles Times best seller and Best Book, Stillman here limns the friendship of Buffalo Bill Cody and Lakota chief Sitting Bull, focusing on their time together in Cody's Wild West show.

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Starred review from August 15, 2017
        Blood is thicker than water, but friendship is perhaps thickest of all, particularly when it acts as a poultice for seemingly unhealable wounds.Relating large events in the guise of paired persons, friends or enemies, is an old storytelling strategy, not much used these days. Stillman (Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History, 2012, etc.) neatly revives it in this portrait of the uncomplicated, mutually admiring friendship of the Lakota leader Sitting Bull and William Cody, aka Buffalo Bill. Adding a third to them in the form of the sharpshooter and all-around interesting person Annie Oakley, the author looks at the clash of cultures and how each character resolved or sometimes ignored differences to form bonds of respect. Along the way, as is her special talent, Stillman places these and other characters at the center of major events that they perhaps did not know were major at the time. In one fine moment, she profiles Custer's horse, Comanche, noting that the poor beast, drafted onto the pack train "in spite of retirement," was also an unwitting witness to the massacre of Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee. Acknowledging the terrible coincidence that terrible things have tended to happen to Native people at the time of "important holidays of the white man," Stillman gives an account of the tragic murder of Sitting Bull that's as good as any in the literature. She closes by observing how the lives of her three principals can be seen in the context of the still ongoing "journey of healing our original sin--the betrayal of Native Americans," a journey that requires continued goodwill, to say nothing, perhaps, of a revival of the Ghost Dance to sing peace into the world. Thoughtful and thoroughly well-told--just the right treatment for a subject about which many books have been written before, few so successfully.

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