Authors: B. Derek Strahn
The Montana Medicine Show's Genuine Montana History
by B. Derek Strahn
This book is a collection of episodes from the popular radio program, Montana Medicine Show by Derek Strahn, that originates at KGLT studios on the campus of Montana State University-Bozeman. Though the program strives to inform, its main objective is to entertain—to relate some interesting or quirky anecdote and provide an enjoyable or thought-provoking glimpse of Montana’s past.
Given the fleeting nature of radio and the need to make a quick impression, the 117 stories are packed with colorful quotations and vivid first-hand accounts. The lively style is fun to read, and the book adds interesting illustrations to every story.
Floods, fires, earthquakes, and blizzards frequently take the stage. But at the center of it all are the people. Montana’s medicine show is filled with a raucous cast of hucksters, risk-takers, reformers, warriors, and reprobates. Here one will find manly men and feisty women, tradition-clinging conservatives and reckless radicals.
As the uncompromising journalist Joseph Kinsey Howard said, “Montana has lived the life of America, on a reduced scale and at breakneck speed. Its history has been bewilderingly condensed, a kaleidoscopic newsreel, unplotted and unplanned...” Enjoy some of the state’s most extraordinary moments in The Montana Medicine Show’s Genuine Montana History.
Step right up for entertaining Montana history
Montana’s history is never dull in a new book packed with lively accounts of the state’s people, places and events.
“The Montana Medicine Show’s Genuine Montana History” by Derek Strahn is based on Strahn’s popular radio show that originates at KGLT studios on the campus of Montana State University-Bozeman.
“The Montana Medicine Show’s main objective is to entertain—to relate some interesting or quirky anecdote and provide a thought-provoking glimpse of Montana’s past,” Strahn said.
Given the fleeting nature of radio and the need to make a quick impression, the radio scripts lean heavily on vivid historic quotes and dramatic first-hand accounts. This style makes the book fun to read, and, unlike the radio show, the book adds intriguing historic photos and illustrations for each of the 117 stories.
The book highlights little-known hucksters, risk-takers, reformers, and reprobates along with famous politicians, artists, Native Americans, and sports heroes. Numerous women are featured, including ground-breaking professionals, Hollywood stars, and fearless human-rights activists. Natural events such as floods, fires, earthquakes, and blizzards take their turns, too.
Readers of the book will discover the truth of journalist Joseph Kinsey Howard’s famous observation: “Montana has lived the life of America, on a reduced scale and at breakneck speed.”
The 256-page book is $15.95 at bookstores.
Interview with B. Derek Strahn - Bozeman Magazine
'Genuine Montana History' is a compelling adaptation of the MSU radio show - Billings Gazette
Top Montana books of 2014 - Great Falls Tribune
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State of extremes: Montana Medicine Show delivers doses of history - Missoula Independent
Step right up for Montana history - Great Falls Tribune