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Sitting Bull Paperback – March 19, 2009
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General Wesley Clark, US Army (Ret), former Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, called Yenne's recent biography of Alexander the Great, the "best yet." Of his biography of Julius Caesar, Philip Delves Broughton wrote in the "Wall Street Journal" that "Yenne is excellent at describing Caesar in battle, mingling tactics and strategy with the smells and sounds of war." The New Yorker wrote of Sitting Bull, Yenne's biography of the great Lakota leader, that it "excels as a study in leadership." This book was named to the number 14 spot in Amazon's "100 Best Books of the Year" when it was released.
Meanwhile, Yenne's dual biography of Dick Bong and Tommy McGuire, Aces High: The Heroic Story of the Two Top-Scoring American Aces of World War II was described by pilot and best-selling author Dan Roam as "the greatest flying story of all time."
Yenne has also written extensively about the history of beer and brewing. His "Guinness: The 250 Year Quest for the Perfect Pint," was listed among the top business books of the year by "Condé Nast Portfolio Magazine," while the same publication rated the book as its top pick for "Cocktail Conversation."
Yenne's novels have included the "Bladen Cole" Westerns; an alternate history about General George Patton entitled "A Damned Fine War;" and the "Raptor Force" trilogy, an action-adventure series.
Bill Yenne lives in San Francisco, California, and on the web at www.BillYenne.com
Top Customer Reviews
Sitting Bull by Bill Yenne is an interesting read. Yenne utilizes Stanley Vestal, Jerome Stillson of the New York Herald, Sitting Bull's Hieroglyphic Autobiography, and an assortment of first hand accounts to present this historic American Indian. For all of us "Custer People", there is a chapter on the Little Bighorn Battle in which Yenne writes "Custer probably feared that if he delayed his attack for another twenty-four hours - as he planned - then Gibbon would be a day closer and Custer would have to share this victory with him". There is an argument which establishes a good book. The book is filled with informative and controversial quotes. Yenne frequently dwells on Washington's government officials arguing over the necessary actions to solve their Indian dilemma. Politicians and red tape do not make a good western adventure, unfortunately that was their role in the history of the American West. I want to be with Custer out on the plains or in an Indian camp, not in an office in Washington.
Overall, the book was very good. Even the cover with Sitting Bull's picture and autograph is notable.
However, I found the abundance of typographical errors absolutely maddening. It's not unusual to find one, perhaps two type-set errors in any book, but the number of misspelled words and mangled sentences here was ridiculous. Not only are typos a discredit to the author's hard work, but they disrupt the flow of reading. As a reader, I want to interpret the author's sentence, not the typesetters mistakes.
While I recommend this book for content, I suggest waiting for a second print run which will hopefully correct the too numerous errors. As someone who enjoys collecting hard bound books for my library and supporting an author by paying the hard bound price, I was very disappointed that a book retailing at $30.00 was so poorly printed.
We kept it among ourselves because of the repercussions we suffered back then, and still suffer today. To this day, we Lakota out here in "Dakota" Territory are harrassed in every way, all too often. Not as openly as used to be, but it's still there - the coffee-shop talk, the disparaging stereotypes, stuff like that. I call it, "the Custer effect". My People beat the crap out of Custer and his goons that June day so long ago, and whites have been crying about it ever since, and trying to "prove what really happened".
Custer was no hero; he was a murderer of babies and women, unarmed warriors and the elderly. Sitting Bull was a man of great pride and honor and strength. This book is worth reading more than once. Thanks for writing it!
I was surprised to learn that Sitting Bull was only with Bill Cody's Wild West in 1885 and never went to Europe, never performed for Queen Victoria. As the book points out, it was his deaf stepson, later known as John Sitting Bull, who toured Europe with Cody's Wild West during a few years after the turn of the century. Indeed, the popular confusion about this persists and resurfaced the other day at lunch with our tennis players. How nice to have it right!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love history and biography books and I really had to force myself to finish this. The author went off on tangents a lot and the end was more of an extended... Read morePublished 11 months ago by H.
Finished Bill Yenne's book Sitting Bull (purchased on iTunes)... Loved it... Learned so much about the man, his relationship with neighboring tribes, his love of his people, their... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Samuel W Hallenberg
I am enjoying the book, but some historical inaccuracies and spelling and grammatical errors are distracting. Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Tiffany Browder
Great biography of this great Lakota shaman and brilliant military strategist. Extremely well researched, documented and written; a must read for anyone interested in Plains... Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Glen W. Bobo
Bill Yenne's Sitting Bull is an excellent biography of the man whom most Americans know of, but know little about. Read morePublished on June 4, 2012 by Doktor Faustus
After it has been established that Crazy Horse was stabbed to death, the writer here says he was shot! There are other odd and nonfactual entries in this book. Read morePublished on October 12, 2010 by Douglas J Rapley
I AGREE WITH MOST LISTED REVIEWERS, I ENJOYED AUTHORS DEFINING THE VARIOUS BANDS WITHIN LAKOTA. WITH THE ILLUSTRATIONS, THE VARIOUS TRIBES ARE LOCATED WHERE THEY LIVED AND HUNTED. Read morePublished on July 31, 2010 by R. Bevington
This is a well written book about the history of Sitting Bull who was a great Chief if the Lakota People. Read morePublished on January 7, 2010 by I. Stone
A really well written book and easy to read. Explains things really well, including his oft misunderstood role in Little Big Horn. Read morePublished on November 6, 2009 by John B. Goode