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Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary

Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary


Book Overview: Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary

Black Elk is the definitive biographical account of a figure whose dramatic life converged with some of the most momentous events in the history of the American West. Born in an era of rising violence between the Sioux, white settlers, and U.S. government troops, Black Elk killed his first man at the Little Bighorn, witnessed the death of his second cousin Crazy Horse, and traveled to Europe with Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. Upon his return, he was swept up in the traditionalist Ghost Dance movement and shaken by the Massacre at Wounded Knee. But Black Elk was not a warrior, instead accepting the path of a healer and holy man, motivated by a powerful prophetic vision that he struggled to understand.

In Black Elk, Joe Jackson has crafted a true American epic, restoring to its subject the richness of his times and gorgeously portraying a life of heroism and tragedy, adaptation and endurance, in an era of permanent crisis on the Great Plains.

Winner of the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography - Winner of the Society of American Historians Francis Parkman Prize - Winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Western Biography - A Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by True West (Best Biography) and The Boston Globe

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Joe Jackson, a renowned name in the world of literature, has been delighting readers with his profound storytelling abilities for decades. Born and raised in the heart of America, Jackson's passion for the written word became apparent at a young age, forging a path that would lead him to become one of the most distinguished authors of his time. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Literature from Yale University, where he began to fine-tune his writing craft amidst skilled mentors and a vivacious academic environment. Over the years, Jackson has published numerous bestselling novels across various genres, incorporating elements that reflect his diverse interests, from history to psychology. His storytelling prowess shines through in his works, each graced with unique characters and carefully shaped narratives, all of which have made a considerable impact on contemporary literature. Jackson's works have received widespread acclaim, capturing the attention and admiration of critics and readers alike. Despite his recognition on the global literary scene, Jackson remains genuinely humble, always attributing his success to his passion for storytelling, relentless curiosity, and respect for the written word. His contribution to literature is not just measured in his bestselling novels, but in the hearts of readers he continues to inspire, reminding us all of the exceptional power of storytelling.

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