Number of page: 352
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
“A vivid exploration of one man’s lifelong obsession with an idea . . . Egan’s spirited biography might just bring [Curtis] the recognition that eluded him in life.” — Washington Post Edward Curtis was charismatic, handsome, a passionate mountaineer, and a famous portrait photographer, the Annie Leibovitz of his time. He moved in rarefied circles, a friend to presidents, vaudeville stars, leading thinkers. But when he was thirty-two years old, in 1900, he gave it all up to pursue his Great Idea: to capture on film the continent’s original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared.Curtis spent the next three decades documenting the stories and rituals of more than eighty North American tribes. It took tremendous perseverance — ten years alone to persuade the Hopi to allow him to observe their Snake Dance ceremony. And the undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. Curtis would amass more than 40,000 photographs and 10,000 audio recordings, and he is credited with making the first narrative documentary film. In the process, the charming rogue with the grade school education created the most definitive archive of the American Indian.“A darn good yarn. Egan is a muscular storyteller and his book is a rollicking page-turner with a colorfully drawn hero.” — San Francisco Chronicle
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- J Rumbaugh
Great story of an unsung hero Well written historical book that kept me interested throughout. Curtis captured the fading culture of Native Americans before they were altered or destroyed by modern society. Now generations of First Nation people can literally see their history.
- Iriaka Epiha-Ferris
awesome! Just awesome
- Josh Lopez
Best nonfiction book I’ve ever read I normally do not read nonfiction, but I was both interested because of my interest in Native Americans and photography. The author did an amazing job of keeping it a page turner the whole way through
LibraryThing Review My short review: outstanding book, unbelievable life
LibraryThing Review Not sure when I finished this, but do remember finding it fascinating. The story of an American photographer who took pictures of the native Americans and documented their way of life.
LibraryThing Review A fascinating man and a fascinating book. All editions include wonderful Curtis photos, all of which are discussed in the text. Makes me want to dig into the shelves at a local university and spend time with his magnum opus.
LibraryThing Review Edward Curtis spent his life trying to capture images, language and traditions of the remaining western Indian tribes that still existed at the turn of the twentieth century, finally producing a 20
LibraryThing Review The life of Edward Curtis who photographed and told the stories of The North American Indian. His collection of the languages, customs, and traditions was phenomenal. If he had not done the
LibraryThing Review This 2012 book by the author of The Worst Bad Time (read by me on 17 Oct 2006) tells the story of Edward Curtis, who took some 40,000 pictures of American Indians and actually managed to to produce a
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America
National Book Award winner Timothy Egan turns his historian s eye to the largest ever forest fire in America and offers an epic cautionary tale for our time On the afternoon of August 20 1910 a battering ram of wind moved through the drought stricken national forests of Washington Idaho and Montana whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno that jumped from treetop to ridge as it raged destroying towns and timber in the blink of an eye Forest rangers had assembled nearly ten thousand men to fight the fires but no living person had seen anything like those flames and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them Egan recreates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force and the larger story of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester Gifford Pinchot that follows is equally resonant Pioneering the notion of conservation Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of public land as our national treasure owned by every citizen Even as TR s national forests were smoldering they were saved The heroism shown by his rangers turned public opinion permanently in favor of the forests though it changed the mission of the forest service in ways we can still witness today This e book includes a sample chapter of SHORT NIGHTS OF THE SHADOW CATCHER
The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero
An old fashioned tale of tall talk high ideals and irresistible appeal You will not read a historical thriller like this all year Egan is amaster storyteller Boston Globe Egan has a gift for sweeping narrative and he has a journalist s eye for the telltale detail This is masterly work New York Times Book ReviewIn this exciting and illuminating work National Book Award winner Timothy Egan delivers a story both rollicking and haunting of one of the most famous Irish Americans of all time A dashing young orator during the Great Hunger of the 1840s Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony for life But two years later he was back from the dead and in New York instantly the most famous Irishman in America Meagher s rebirth included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War Afterward he tried to build a new Ireland in the wild west of Montana a quixotic adventure that ended in thegreat mystery of his disappearance which Egan resolves convincingly at last This is marvelous stuff Thomas F Meagher strides onto Egan s beautifully wrought pages just as he lived powerfully larger than life A fascinating account of an extraordinary life Daniel James Brown author of The Boys in the Boat Thomas Meagher s is an irresistible story irresistibly retold by the virtuosic Timothy Egan A gripping novelistic page turner Wall Street Journal
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
In a tour de force of historical reportage Timothy Egan s National Book Award winning story rescues an iconic chapter of American history from the shadows The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region Timothy Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards crop failure and the death of loved ones Brilliantly capturing the terrifying drama of catastrophe he does equal justice to the human characters who become his heroes the stoic long suffering men and women whose lives he opens up with urgency and respect New York Times In an era that promises ever greater natural disasters The Worst Hard Time is arguably the best nonfiction book yet Austin Statesman Journal on the greatest environmental disaster ever to be visited upon our land and a powerful reminder about the dangers of trifling with nature This e book includes a sample chapter of THE IMMORTAL IRISHMAN
The Good Rain: Across Time & Terrain in the Pacific Northwest
A fantastic book Timothy Egan describes his journeys in the Pacific Northwest through visits to salmon fisheries redwood forests and the manicured English gardens of Vancouver Here is a blend of history anthropology and politics From the Trade Paperback edition