Stillman's award-winning book is a must-read for those who want to be informed about the plight of the mustang today.
It has been a long journey to date - from thousands of years ago when horses once roamed North America, to their return with the conquistadors in the early 1500s, their partnership with the native Americans, and the settlement of the vast land in war and peace - and it is not over yet.
In the early chapters Stillman delves into the history of the horse in the Americas. Once horses made their escape from man, or were turned loose for whatever reason, they thrived on their former homelands.
Luckily there were many of them, as horses proved invaluable in war - on both sides - and they thrived in many other places also - Hollywood, and television included.
But the world moves on. Viewed as nuisance livestock by cattle ranchers, people known as "mustangers" rounded up wild horses by the dozens, sometimes by aircraft and helicopter, and trucked them off to slaughter for a quick buck.
The horse today has a precarious existence, and as it has over the past few hundred years, the whims of men and governments shape its path. One can't help but notice similarities between the treatment of the native "indians" in the 1700s and 1800s and the plight of the wild horse in recent decades. Driven from their homes, captured, and eradicated.
Had it not been for people like Velma Johnston - Wild Horse Annie - then maybe there would be no wild horses left today. As it is, the existence of the wild horse is uncertain.
Now, it is government authorities which are "gathering" wild horses from the plains and fencing them into corrals.
The horse played such a pivotal role in the development of civilisation. What did it do to lose mainkind's respect?
» "Mustang" is the winner of the California Book Award silver medal for nonfiction and was a Los Angeles Times "best book" in 2008.
Deanne Stillman with Bugz, survivor of the 1998 Christmas massacre of 34 wild horses outside Reno. On June 2, 2009, Bugz passed away. © Betty Lee Kelly
In addition, Stillman is a widely published and anthologized writer, penning articles for the underground press before it was alternative. Since then, her reporting, essays, and commentary have appeared in Rolling Stone; Slate; Salon; The New York Times (Magazine, Book Review, Arts & Leisure, Travel); The Los Angeles Times (Magazine, Calendar, and Book Review); GQ; The Nation; Mademoiselle (former contributing editor); Los Angeles Magazine (former contributing editor); Tin House; Playboy; The New York Daily News; Newsday, and National Review Online, among others.
She also is a former columnist for The Village Voice ("A Girl's Guide to Sports") and Buzz Magazine ("Eldorado"). She covered the Robert Blake case for Rolling Stone and the Phil Spector case for Spin and the UK Independent. Her latest Rolling Stone piece, "The Great Mojave Manhunt," appears in Best American Crime Writing 06 and was a finalist for a PEN journalism award.
Deanne Stillman is originally from Ohio, and now lives in Los Angeles.