“A vibrant exploration of 1 guy’s lifelong obsession with an concept . . . Egan’s lively biography would possibly simply convey [Curtis] the popularity that eluded him in existence.” — Washington Submit

Edward Curtis used to be charismatic, good-looking, a passionate mountaineer, and a well-known portrait photographer, the Annie Leibovitz of his time. He moved in rarefied circles, a loved one to presidents, vaudeville stars, prime thinkers. But if he used to be thirty- years antique, in 1900, he gave all of it as much as pursue his Nice Thought: to seize on movie the continent’s authentic population prior to the antique techniques disappeared.

Curtis spent the following 3 a long time documenting the tales and rituals of greater than 80 North American tribes. It took super perseverance — ten years by myself to influence the Hopi to permit him to watch their Snake Dance rite. And the enterprise modified him profoundly, from indifferent observer to outraged suggest. Curtis might amass greater than 40,000 images and 10,000 audio recordings, and he’s credited with making the primary narrative documentary movie. Within the procedure, the fascinating rogue with the grade college training created essentially the most definitive archive of the American Indian.

“A darn just right yarn. Egan is a muscular storyteller and his e book is a rollicking web page-turner with a colorfully drawn hero.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“A riveting biography of an American authentic.” – Boston Globe