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Deadwood: Stories of the Black Hills Hardcover – October 17, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (October 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596912391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596912397
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Milch is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, and director. He spent five seasons with Hill Street Blues as executive story editor and executive producer. In 1992, Milch co-created the history-making police drama NYPD Blue, which earned high ratings and multiple Emmy® Awards, including Best Drama Series and Best Writing in a Drama. He is the creator of Deadwood®, which received 11 Emmy nominations in its first season (winning two), and earned McShane a Golden Globe for Best Actor. He lives in California.

Customer Reviews

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As a faithful observer of the characters in Deadwood, I picked up a copy of this book as soon as it was released and read it from cover to cover in one, long, sitting.
Michael A. Worman
It has an in depth look at the making of the series,his personal take on the characters, storylines, and the history behind it all.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Joe Piteo on October 19, 2006
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Was anyone ever described to you as "nice"? Scary isn't it. I am an ardent fan of Deadwood and a fan of David Milch. This book is a `nice' coffee-table addition that succeeds as a way of fondly recollecting the characters and singular moments of Deadwood. I was hoping for an extension and an amplification of Deadwood - more great Black Hill's tales from Milch's magic pen. In that respect, the book is disappointing.

It does add some insight to the Deadwood stories, that is, the Deadwood teleplay and the process of making it. Milch eloquently adds some detail and color to the Deadwood story. Since the "Deadwood story" is his interpreted and interpolated history, the story is only really complete in Milch's imagination. Those of us who would love more will buy this book and savor the bits we can get. It is not enough though, but then, it could never be enough.

The Deadwood actors also add detail and perspective in their own words. Milch's ability to blend the real actor's traits and skills with his visions of Deadwood is constantly recounted. The actors all seem to share their respect for Milch's stunning ability to shape the character to the actor and the actor from the character. Their introspections are interesting, but here again, too little and perhaps too hastily put together.

In the end, I recommend the book as a memento of Deadwood, three seasons of good television. However, if you are searching for more Deadwood stories, this is not the place. I suspect the huckster in Milch couldn't resist one more retail opportunity; I certainly do not begrudge him a dime for all the great entertainment he has afforded me. Still, I'd love to see "Deadwood, the novel by David Milch", alas, I can only hope.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Christina Gleeson on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
First, let me say that we LOVE the "Deadwood" series (can't wait for series 3 to be available on DVD). This book is a great "companion" for the series, but if you are looking for a detailed historical reference on the town of Deadwood, this book is NOT for you.

However, if your interest lies in the area of "what is behind" the stories and characters of Deadwood, or "what makes David Milch tick", then I highly recommend this book. There is SOME historical information, mostly specifically related to individual characters. Most of the text, however, is made up of David Milch's "musings" on what made him write Deadwood, how the characters came to be, and what their motivations are - and it is fascinating! The book also contains character profiles dictated by the actors themselves, which give a real insight into each of them as individuals and their approach to acting - this was wonderful for people like us who are interested in actors and how they work.

Overall, I believe that the book is a fabulous example of a "merchandising" item that actually adds value to fans by supplying really interesting background information, rather than a lot of "glossy photos". If you like/love "Deadwood", if you want to know more about "why" it was made, "who" is involved, and "where" it's going, then I highly recommend this book.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Worman on October 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a faithful observer of the characters in Deadwood, I picked up a copy of this book as soon as it was released and read it from cover to cover in one, long, sitting.

I think "Deadwood" renders great insights into the characters through interviews the actors who portray them and their interpretations of Milch's vision.

And while I'm on Milch's vision, I found his narrative fascinating, not only for his explanation of that vision, but also his take on life. This lends a very personal element to the book that is uncommon and very welcome.

Finally, I particularly enjoyed the actual stories of the real Deadwood about which I knew very little. I certainly knew that Wild Bill Hickock was real and met his demise in Deadwood, but I was unaware of how many of the characters actually lived and breathed there in real life.

So I thought the book satisfied my at several levels: details about the show and its characters; the creative force behind the show; and the history lessons as well. This is a must read for fans of "Deadwood".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gwen Geisinger on May 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In lieu of the real thing I have to settle for this beautifully put together book about the brilliant HBO series, Deadwood. And yes, this book is primarily about the show, characters and by extension the historical era. It was surprising how many of the characters and their stories were historically accurate.

I still mourn this perfectly wonderful series and miss all the beautifully drawn characters. Seth Bullock, Charlie Utter, Sol Starr, Calamity Jane, Cy Tolliver, Stephenson, E.B., Alma, etc.

HBO and David Milch promised us two 2 hour shows to complete this series. I hope they don't renege on their promise!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By RAB on November 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I just got this book and Amazon shipped it quickly and had the cheapest price for it when I shopped around. It is a nice thick hardcover book with a feel of the old west to the cover. There is an episode guide in the back, colored pictures through out, background information on the real players of Deadwood, plus information on the cast and characters that helped build the HBO hit. The real history of Deadwood is included through out the book also. I know it will take me some time to read this book and it is a great reference source to both the show and the history of the Wild West.
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