Buckskin Brigades

Buckskin Brigades

Infobox Book
name = Buckskin Brigades
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image_caption = Book cover
author = L. Ron Hubbard
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country = USA
language = English
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subject = Piegan Blackfeet
genre = Western fiction
publisher = Bridge Publications, Inc.
pub_date = July 30, 1937
english_pub_date =
media_type = Hardback
pages = 312
isbn = ISBN 0884042804
oclc = 18163497
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"Buckskin Brigades" is a Western novel written by L. Ron Hubbard, first published July 30, 1937. [cite news | last =Staff | title =Books Published Today | work =The New York Times | page =17 | publisher =The New York Times Company | date =July 30, 1937] The work was Hubbard's first hard-covered book, and his first published novel.cite book | last =Atack | first =Jon | authorlink =Jon Atack | title =A Piece of Blue Sky | publisher =Carol Publishing Group | date =1990 | location =New York | pages =66 | isbn = 081840499X] cite book | last =Corydon | first =Bent | coauthors =Brian Ambry | title = | publisher =Barricade Books | date =1992 | pages =227 | isbn = 0942637577] The next year he became a contributor to "Astounding Science Fiction".cite book | last =Streissguth | first =Thomas | title =Charismatic Cult Leaders | publisher =The Oliver Press, Inc. | date =1995 | pages =66 | isbn = 1881508188] Winfred Blevins wrote the introduction to the book.cite news | last =Roy Jr. | first =Cecil D. | title =Books in Brief | work =The Advocate | page =26-MAG | date =October 11, 1987 ] Some sources state that as a young man, Hubbard became a blood brother to the Piegan Blackfeet Native American tribe while living in Montana,cite journal | last =Frenschkowski | first =Marco (University of Mainz, Germany) | title =L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology: An annotated bibliographical survey of primary and selected secondary literature | journal =Marburg Journal of Religion | volume =4 | issue =1 | date =July 1999 | url =http://web.uni-marburg.de/religionswissenschaft/journal/mjr/frenschkowski.html | accessdate =2008-04-06 ] though this claim is disputed. [cite news | last =Welkos | first =Robert W. | coauthors =Joel Sappell | title = The Scientology Story: Staking a Claim to Blood Brotherhood | work =Los Angeles Times | page =A38 | date =June 24, 1990 | url =http://www.solitarytrees.net/pubs/latimes/la90-1e.htm | accessdate =2008-04-06 ] Hubbard incorporates historical background from the Blackfeet tribe into the book.

The book was re-released by Bridge Publications, Inc. in a 1987 edition.cite news | last =Robert W. | first =Welkos | coauthors =Joel Sappell| title =The Scientology Story: Costly Strategy Continues to Turn Out Bestsellers | work =Los Angeles Times | url =http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-scientology062890,1,5603923.story |accessdate=2008-04-06 | date =June 28, 1990|page=A1 ] The book was published in an audio book format by Bridge Publications and read by actor Bruce Boxleitner, [cite news | last =Seago | first =Kate | title =Western Fans Hanker For Spoken Word | work =Daily News of Los Angeles | page =L1 | date =April 27, 1994 ] who was hired by Church of Spiritual Technology subsidiary Author Services Inc. to read Hubbard's books on tape. [cite news | last =Richardson | first =John H. | title =Catcha Rising Star | work =Premiere Magazine | publisher =Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. | date =September 1993]


The book references a journal entry from Meriwether Lewis during the Lewis & Clark Expedition.cite news | last =Richmond | first =Dick | title =Tales Of The Old West | work =St. Louis Post-Dispatch | page =4E | date =April 2, 1992 ] In a July 27, 1806 entry, Lewis describes how he had killed a Blackfeet Native American chief during the expedition, and in another entry in the journal he mentions a white man living with the Blackfeet tribe. Part of Hubbard's story is based on this white man, referred to in the book by his Native American name, "Yellow Hair".

After the death of the Native American chief, Yellow Hair attempts to protect his adopted people from fur traders. Yellow Hair is sent to join the fur traders and learn how their future operations will affect his people. The white fur traders are portrayed as evil savages.

ales controversy

The book was discussed along with other works by Hubbard in an investigation into "skewed sales", in a 1990 article in the "Los Angeles Times". Bookstore managers told reporters that after the 1987 re-release of "Buckskin Brigades" by Bridge Publications, the book "just sat there". Sheldon McArthur, former manager of B. Dalton Booksellers on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, told the "Los Angeles Times": "Then, in one week, it was gone ... We started getting calls asking, 'You got Buckskin Brigades?' I said, 'Sure, we got them.' You got a hundred of them?'".

McArthur stated "Whenever the sales seem to slacken and a ( Hubbard ) book goes off the bestsellers list, give it a week and we'll get these people coming in buying 50 to 100 to 200 copies at a crack - cash only." Gary Hamel, a former manager of B. Dalton Booksellers at Santa Monica Place, said that "10 people would come in at a time and buy quantities of them, and they would pay cash." Company officials from Bridge Publications, Inc. "refused to be interviewed about any facet of the firm's operations" for the "Los Angeles Times" article.


In a 1987 review of an unauthorized biography of Hubbard, "", Francis Hamit of the "Daily News of Los Angeles" wrote: "Currently a recently discovered first novel, "Buckskin Brigades", an account of the settlement of the Northwest Territories where the Indians are the good guys, is selling well and is further evidence of his considerable gift for writing compelling narrative." [cite news | last =Smit | first =Francis | title ='Hubbard': A Story of Bitter Betrayal | work =Daily News of Los Angeles | page =L26 | date =November 15, 1987 ] Cecil D. Roy, Jr. reviewed the book for "The Advocate" (Baton Rouge), and wrote that "Hubbard's style at times approaches the stilted, artificial style of some novelists of the late 19th and early 20th century," and that Hubbard "never achieves the easy flow of descriptive prose" of writers Zane Grey and Stewart Edward White. Roy Jr. characterized the book as "a good adventure novel of the West", but concluded with: "..don't look for the true Mountain Man in Buckskin Brigades."

In a 1992 review of the audio book, Dick Richmond of the "St. Louis Post-Dispatch" wrote: "Hubbard has created a memorable figure in Yellow Hair. Even though the story is not quite in the same class as Kenneth Roberts' "Northwest Passage", it does contain strong characterizations, especially those involving the leaders of the fur traders." In a 2003 interview with "Publishers Weekly", William J. Widder – author of "Master Storyteller: An Illustrated Tour of the Fiction of L. Ron Hubbard" – called the book "One of the first novels to present a sympathetic and accurate view of Indians."cite news | last =Indick | first = Ben P. | title = A life in words and pictures. (PW Talks with William J. Widder) | work =Publishers Weekly | date =August 4, 2003|url =http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA314784.html |accessdate=2008-04-06]


External links

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* [http://www.lronhubbard.org.mx/book/html/flamw1.htm Buckskin Brigades by L. Ron Hubbard] , "L. Ron Hubbard's American Western Library", Church of Scientology International

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