The critically acclaimed winner of the Grub Street National Book Prize for Fiction " Until someone tells you, you never know in whose dreams you appear..." from the prologue Beginning in the late 1890s, Edward Sheriff Curtis embarked on an overwhelming odyssey to document and photograph the fading way of life of the American Indian. In To Catch the Lightning, Alan Cheuse creates a remarkable portrait of the man who would become a legend. Curtis turned his lens on a landscape of unparalleled beauty and tradition, and in so doing, became the architect of the finest lasting visual record of a culture close to extinction. Here is a haunting tale of the struggle between ambition and duty and a testament to the power of the sacrifices we make for the dreams that compel us. "Digs deep into the mystery and sacrifice and selfishness of creative vision." Charles Frazier "A worthy effort...illuminating unknown corners of a great photographer's life."