Twelve 'The King' ~ A Memoir

This text will be replaced by the flash music player.

Right-click here to download


Twelve 'The King' ~ A Memoir

Michael Blake

Show Description:
From author of Dances With Wolves
Michael Blake

Show Description:
In 1990 while doing research on mustangs for a story he was working on, Michael Blake encoutnered a wild lead stallion captured and held by the Bureau of Land Management near Reno, Nevada. Recalling, his first encounter with "Twelve" at a holding pen, Blake writes...

"There seemed to be an invisible barrier surrounding him, and non of the other horses, whether alone or in gangs, ever sniffed or touched or whinnied at him. The director recalled that on one occasion the entire population came together and circled their king in a massive surround that lasted several minutes."

In this book Blake conveys the unique spirit of "Twelve" and some of the lessons learned on their jounrey together from Nevada through California to the stallion's final home in Arizona, where he and the stallion spent many good years in each other's company.

Twelve, The King is a memoir that reads like a love poem not only to a particular animal, but to all wild things, to what is wild in each of us. This story is equal parts an unsentimental recounting of one person's relationship to an untamable animal and a cautionary tale as to what we stand to lose if we take the existence of these magnificent symbols of North Amreican independence and resourcefulness for granted. The author understood that"Twelve" was not his to own or subdue, considering it a special gift to be his custodian. It is a pleasure for us to offer this moving protrait from the author of Indian Yell, Marching to Valhalla and Dances With Wolves.


Guest Bio:
Michael Blake's professional writing life began in the U.S. military at age nineteen and continued in college where he worked as an editor and investigative reporter for several university newspapers.
In 1971, his career in journalism ended when he left an editorial position at the legendary underground weekly, the Los Angeles Free Press, to pursue fiction in both movies and books. In the early eighties, a screenplay Blake wrote made it to the screen in the form of a low-budget, independent film originally titled, "Double Down", starring an unknown actor named Kevin Costner, in his first featured role.
Blake's first novel, Dances With Wolves, was published as a mass-market paperback in 1988, receiving no attention until the film version was released to worldwide acclaim in the late 1990s. The phenomenal successs of the movie ended more than twenty years of impoverished struggle to make a living out of literature and resulted in a downpour of awards, including the Oscar. In addition, Blake has received other prestigious awards including The American Library Association's Hero of the Year and Cancervive's Survivor of the Year. His latest work is a memoir about a rescue horse that greatly impacted his life titled, Twelve, The King and his past works include The Holy Road and Indian Yell. Blake also has a new movie in development with Kevin Costner that is based on a short story he wrote titled, "The One". He resides on his ranch, Wolf House, in the foothills of Tucson, Arizona.

tell a friend

Please login to leave comment
Coaching Bradford
Save the Children
On Air

Live Shows Air


2-3 pm PST


Recent Shows

08/31 - Catherine Bradford, HOST
Radio Worth Waiting For!

 Hello everyone! Well, as much as I had wanted to begin broadcasting The Catherine Bradford Show as soon as July 16th on LA Talk Radio, it appears that we are all going to have to wait for that DEBUT SHOW. Over this past week circumstances (family matters) have created the need for me to postpone my opening show from airing, and so, we will all have to wait. I am hoping to have made it to the other side of these events within a short period of time, but until then, I am asking for your patience.  In the meantime, while taking this short and temporary hiatus from being on air live, I want to invite you to keep c...


06/27 - Juliet Maroni
Catherine Bradford Embraces Change

 Many of you who tune in regularly to the CTR Network and the Catherine Bradford Show are already aware that June 27th marks my last LIVE broadcast on this internet station. Do not dispair, I have no intention of leaving internet radio or hosting the Catherine Bradford Show. I have made the difficult decision, however, to switch internet radio stations, and soon you will be able to listen to my show LIVE on LA Talk Radio, located in Los Angeles. This growing station offers over 80 shows, on two channels, in a wide variety of topics. I am thrilled to have the opportuni...


06/20 - Derek Mills
The 10 Second Philosophy

A Practical Guide to Releasing Your Inner Genius Derek Mills Derek Mill's story of how he turned his life around from failing businessman and father to creating a massively succefful and harmonious life will both inspire you and warm your heart. It only took one seemingly insignificant question from an office security guard one night for Derek to stop, connect deep within himself, and in the next 10 seconds begin to see a way to change his entire life completely. Derek's philosophy of immediate change - The 10 Second Philosophy - will transform your business, relationships, and life, and also bring you a sense ...


Search Site