Black Elk Lib/E: The Life of an American Visionary

Joe Jackson (Author) Traber Burns (Read by)

Product Details

$123.00  $113.16
Blackstone Publishing
Publish Date
October 25, 2016
Compact Disc

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About the Author

Joe Jackson is the author of one novel and six works of nonfiction, including Atlantic Fever: Lindbergh, His Competitors, and the Race to Cross the Atlantic. His book The Thief at the End of the World: Rubber, Power, and the Seeds of Empire was named one of Time magazine's top ten nonfiction books of 2008. His Leavenworth Train was a finalist for the 2002 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime Book.

Read by Traber Burns, Keith Szarabajka, Adenrele Ojo, Kevin Kenerly, Hillary Huber, Carrington MacDuffie, Mirron Willis, Kirby Heyborne, Priya Ayyar, Neil Shah, Thom Rivera, and Scott Brick


The book is read superbly with matter-of-fact pacing and clarity by Traber Burns, who distinguishes between text, dialogue and quotation with subtle modulation. He executes the many Indian names and expressions gracefully, doing justice throughout to a very great book.

-- "Washington Post (audio review)"

Traber Burns provides a narrative performance that resides somewhere between that of a devoted professor and a wise storyteller. That's fitting, because this is a deep, detailed historical document.

-- "AudioFile"

Jackson...creates a deeply felt and personal story of loss and change on the plains...The long set piece concerning the Battle of the Little Bighorn is among the very best I've ever read.

-- "Washington Post"

It is an extraordinary life-from fighting in the Battle of the Little Bighorn to touring Europe with Buffalo Bill to growing old on the reservation...[recounted] in Joe Jackson's excellent biography, ...The Black Hills, an ancient American sacred space, are like a cave mouth opening towards the sky, and Black Elk is one of its great voices.

-- "Paris Review"

Jackson's fascinating biography tells the true story of this American holy man.

-- "Newsday"

Remarkably researched and beautifully told...shifting in subtle ways the stories we thought we knew.

-- "National Book Review"

By far the most comprehensive biography of its subject to date. Jackson portrays Native Americans with a clear-eyed sympathy that avoids sentimentality, bringing historical figures such as Crazy Horse, Red Cloud, and Sitting Bull to life and providing fascinating insights into Indian life, culture, and, most notably, religion.

-- "Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk)"

Leaves the reader in awe of Black Elk's struggle to help his people preserve their culture.

-- "Booklist (starred review)"

Stirring, wide-ranging biography of the Sioux elder whose testimonials underlay 'one of the twentieth century's most important documents on Native American culture'...Surveys a broad swath of world history to place the Lakota spiritual leader in that terribly eventful context, and he does excellent work in doing so...One of the best moments in a book marked by many is Jackson's in-passing examination of the role of the American media in fueling the Indian Wars...Of much literary and historical merit.

-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

Jackson panoramically renders a narrative as majestic as the American West in this fine account of the life of Black Elk...A major contribution to Native American history.

-- "Publishers Weekly"

Jackson endeavors to extricate the historical Black Elk from the mythology surrounding his legacy...Fascinating.

-- "Library Journal"