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Taliaferro, John 1952-

Works: 6 works in 29 publications in 1 language and 5,716 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: F657.R8, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John Taliaferro
Great white fathers the story of the obsessive quest to create Mount Rushmore by John Taliaferro( )
7 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 2,223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of how Rushmore was conceived and built, and why controversy surrounded the project from the start. Great White Fathers is about the meaning of public art, the rise of automobile tourism, and the development of kitsch culture. At its center is Rushmore's feisty sculptor Gutzon Borglum, who waged an energetic campaign on behalf of his artistic vision and then carved the faces of four presidents into a mountainside
Charles M. Russell : the life and legend of America's cowboy artist by John Taliaferro( Book )
5 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 965 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Russell is known as the Cowboy Artist who saw it all and got it right. A rich kid from St. Louis, he left home in 1880 to join the big roundups in Montana, where he mixed with cowpunchers, Indians, preachers, and prostitutes. He memorized their stories and sketched their lives and, after the death of his rival Frederic Remington, became the foremost documentarian of the closing of the frontier. Before he was through, his masterpieces hung in America's finest art galleries and stateliest mansions. His paintings have appeared on three postage stamps, and his buffalo-skull logo still appears on every Montana license plate. In this, the first full-scale biography of Montana's favorite icon, John Taliaferro deepens and humanizes Russell's remarkable achievements. For once, the truth outdoes the legend. This is also the story of a nation in transition. Russell saw buffalo give way to cattle, horses give way to cars. He survived stampedes, blizzards, and firewater, only to face panics, jazz, and Prohibition. He blamed homesteaders, then robber barons, for ruining his West, but over time they became his most devoted friends and patrons. In his final years he was adopted by William S. Hart, Will Rogers, and Hollywood directors, and had a say in how the West would be immortalized on the silver screen. Charles M. Russell is one of America's most charismatic and complex icons. At last, here is a portrait that does him justice
Tarzan forever : the life of Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan by John Taliaferro( Book )
5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A biography of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the writer who created the jungle hero, Tarzan, without setting foot in Africa. It portrays him as a failed adventurer--he was rejected by the Rough Riders-- working at boring jobs until he turned to writing in his thirties. He had to wait till his sixties to taste adventure, becoming America's oldest war correspondent in World War II
All the great prizes : the life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt by John Taliaferro( Book )
5 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John Hay was both witness and author of many of the most significant chapters in American history--from the birth of the Republican Party, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War, to the prelude to the First World War. Much of what we know about Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt comes to us through the observations Hay made while private secretary to one and secretary of state to the other. Hay's friends included virtually every president, sovereign, author, artist, power broker, and robber baron of the Gilded Age. As an ambassador and statesman, he guided many of the country's major diplomatic initiatives at the turn of the twentieth century: the Open Door with China, the creation of the Panama Canal, the establishment of America as a world leader. But for all his poise and polish, he had his secrets. His marriage to one of the wealthiest women in the country did not prevent him from pursuing the Madame X of Washington society, whose other secret suitor was Hay's best friend, Henry Adams. Here is the epic tale of one of the most amazing figures in American history.--From publisher description
In a far country : the true story of a mission, a marriage, a murder, and the remarkable reindeer rescue of 1898 by John Taliaferro( Book )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 752 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Recounts Tom Lopp's 1897 journey to save two hundred whalers whose ships had become trapped in the ice on Alaska's northern coast, decribing how Lopp and seven Eskimo herders risked their lives to drive four hundred reindeer across more than seven hundred untracked miles to save the strangers
Montanans new and old individuals in transition ( Recording )
1 edition published in 1995 and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Audience level: 0.23 (from 0.00 for Montanans ... to 0.25 for Great whit ...)
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