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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (675 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Timothy Egan Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781611209709
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At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, Egan’s book tells the remarkable untold story behind Edward Curtis’s iconic photographs, following him throughout American Indian territory from desert to rainforest as he struggled to document the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes.

Even with the backing of Theodore Roosevelt and J. P. Morgan, his journeys took tremendous perseverance. The undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. He would die penniless and unknown in Hollywood just a few years after publishing the last of his twenty volumes. But the charming rogue with the grade-school education had fulfilled his promise—his great adventure succeeded in creating one of America’s most stunning cultural achievements.

Included is a pdf with samples of Edward Curtis’ striking works.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A sweeping tale about two vanishing ways of life.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A stirring and affectionate portrait of an underknown figure.”

    New York Times

  • “A riveting biography of an American original.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A fitting tribute to an American original who fought for a people with his camera and his art.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Egan is a muscular storyteller and his book is a rollicking page-turner with a colorfully drawn hero.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “[A] captivating tribute to a treasured American and the treasures he created.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “A stunning portrait of Edward Curtis that captures every patina of his glory, brilliance, and pathos.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Recaptures the story of a man both entrapped by his time and ahead of it.”

    Barnes&Noble.com

  • “With a reporter’s eye for detail, Egan delivers a gracefully written biography and adventure story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “David Drummond offers an able reading that carries the material well, with no false emotion or histrionics..He imparts clear emotion on the subjects dear to Curtis himself, especially the treatment of the Nez Perce tribe of the Northwest. An accompanying PDF includes samples of Curtis’ striking works, and his entire multivolume work on American Indians is available online.”

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  • A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best Book in Nonfiction
  • One of the 2012 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 2013 Chautauqua Prize
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Barnes & Noble Recommends Selection
  • An Amazon Best Book of 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 2/20/2014

    " An excellent read, chronicling the impassioned life and extraordinary work of Edward Curtis, who captured vanishing Native American cultures through 44,000 photographs, 10,000 recordings, 75 language dictionaries over a 33 year period at the turn of the last Century. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paula | 2/11/2014

    " I really enjoyed Egan's other books--the historical facts laced with personal narratives of the characters whose lives were affected. And while I'm interested in Edward S. Curtis and his work, this book failed to capture me in the same way. It's due at the library, so I'm taking it back unfinished. I may, however, look online for more of Curtis's photography. I wished there had been more of those included in Egan's book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary-lynne | 1/25/2014

    " Curtis rose from a grade-school drop-out to one of the most well-known names of his time. Then he dropped to being essentially an unknown by the time he died. One of the most fascinating factoids for me was that two of his assistants went on to be two of the greatest and best known women photographers of their time: Imogen Cunningham and Ella McBride. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margie Lee | 1/13/2014

    " I thought Curtis was an amazing person. His dedication was inspiring but his treatment so sad. He was ahead of his time for sure "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Polly Whitehorn | 1/12/2014

    " Loved this adventure biography of Edward Curtis. Each night I curled up with this book I felt like I was transported to another place in time. Not astonishing was the fact that he was a very bad business man and a very bad husband, not unlike other geniuses of the time such as Frank Lloyd Wright. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Dermond | 1/7/2014

    " If you are interested in Curtis or the Native American experience in the early 1900s, you will love this book. Curtis was a man with a mission, and what a difficult mission. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 10/27/2013

    " Not quite finished. As long as the job done telling Curtis' story is good, what on earth could be wrong with this book? And the story Curtis captured in his photographs...unfathomably heartbreaking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin Taylor | 9/25/2013

    " This excellent biography and social commentary is a worthy addition to Timothy Egan's "The Worst Hard Times" and "The Big Burn." History classes could well focus on these three books to emphasize social structures that have shaped our national psyche in the twentieth century. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lewis | 9/10/2013

    " This is 2 1/2. I really enjoyed Egan's other book, but this one fell flat for me. It easily could have been a shorter book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 8/6/2013

    " I don't read a lot of non-fiction these days, but I couldn't put down this book. Well-written. The author made me feel like I was right there seeing the history of Edward Curtis unfold before my eyes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evonne | 5/13/2013

    " The subject of this book and the acomplishments of Edward Curtis are astounding! The author, Timothy Egan has written an incredible book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyla | 5/13/2013

    " Extra-specially fascinating because he was from Seattle and the stories of how different things were - for Aborigines and Whites - even 100 years ago was amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cstanton | 3/21/2013

    " Loved this book and it made me go out and order Nanook of the North and War Canoes videos. For future readers, all of his photos have been digitized by the Libary of Congress. I think some of the original hard copies are in Harvard libraries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 2/28/2013

    " Timothy Egan is a must-read author for me, but this book chronicled and did not make alive a fascinating man and anthropological project. Both of deep interest to me. Maybe because much of the text was reacting to photos that were not reproduced in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 1/21/2013

    " Love this book........been to most of the places described in the narrative and makes me want to go back and take another look. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti Williams | 10/24/2012

    " Brilliant. I cannot say whether I am more stunned by Curtis' photographs, his life story, or Egan's telling of the story. I deeply appreciate all three. "

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