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Author: Deanne Stillman Narrator: Gabra Zackman, Pete Simonelli Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781508243731
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The little known story of the unlikely friendship of two famous figures of the American West—Buffalo Bill Cody and Sitting Bull—told through their time in Cody’s Wild West show in the 1880s.

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. The idea took off. For four months in 1885 the Lakota leader Sitting Bull appeared in the show. Blood Brothers tells the story of these two iconic figures through their brief but important collaboration.

Blood Brothers flashes back to 1876, when the Lakota wiped out Custer’s Seventh Cavalry unit at the Little Big Horn. Sitting Bull did not participate in the “last stand,” but was nearby—and blamed for killing Custer. The book also flashes forward to 1890, when Sitting Bull was assassinated. Hours before, Cody rushed to Sitting Bull’s cabin at Standing Rock, dispatched by the army to avert a disaster.

Deanne Stillman unearths little-told details about the two men and their tumultuous times. Their 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”—referring to the Little Big Horn. 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. 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 truly a timeless story of people from different cultures who crossed barriers to engage each other as human beings. And it foretells today’s battle on the Great Plains.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This history of the unlikely friendship between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill Cody is neatly narrated by Pete Simonelli…Simonelli delivers the Native American dialogue with a hint of stoicism and describes the horrific details of the battles without hype. In an unembellished masculine tone, he explains the unlikely mutual respect that developed between the two heroes when Sitting Bull appeared for a season in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show in 1885. Scots, Brits, and even Annie Oakley are portrayed with little flourish, a good choice for this woeful chapter of American history.”


  • “Best of the West 2018…Not to miss.”

    True West Magazine

  • “Stillman re-catechizes our national mythology by putting symbols and personas that we already think we know into new light.”

    Los Angeles Review of Books

  • “A compelling narrative that reads like a novel.”

    Orange County Register (California)

  • “Splendid…A strong sense of the spiritual power of place streams throughout…Captur[es] the essence of these two great Americans.”

    Austin Chronicle (Texas)

  • “Stillman gives 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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About the Author

Deanne Stillman is a widely published, critically acclaimed writer. Her books include Blood Brothers; Desert Reckoning, winner of the Spur Award and LA Press Club Award for nonfiction; and Mustang, named a Los Angeles Times “best book of the year.” In addition, she wrote the cult classic, Twentynine Palms, a Los Angeles Times bestseller that Hunter Thompson called “A strange and brilliant story by an important American writer.” She writes the “Letter from the West” column for the Los Angeles Review of Books and is a member of the core faculty for creative writing at the University of California, Riverside-Palm Desert.

About the Narrators

Gabra Zackman is an actress, author, and narrator who has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards. She was educated at Northwestern University. A classically trained actress, she has appeared in theaters all over the country as well as on film and television.

Pete Simonelli is a writer, audiobook narrator, and vocalist for the band Enablers.