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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (267 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Powers Narrator: John Prude Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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He was the most feared and loathed Indian of his time, earning his reputation in surprise victories against the troops of Generals Crook and Custer at the Rosebud and Little Bighorn. Despite his enduring reputation, he has remained an enigma (even the location of his burial place is unknown, and no portrait or photograph of him exists). Now, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Thomas Powers brings Crazy Horse to life in this vivid work of American history.

Powers situates the critical battles won by Crazy Horse within the context of the decades-long conflict between Indian tribes and United States Army forces commonly called the Great Sioux Wars. He explores the complicated relationship between the tribes—in particular, Crazy Horse’s Lakota Sioux—and the federal authorities. And he makes clear why the few battles won by the Indians—regardless of the fear they left in their wake—did not ultimately help them to stem the tide of settlers, gold seekers, and buffalo hunters that flooded the Great Plains after the Civil War.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by John Beck | 2/20/2014

    " I enjoyed this book but it took many detours (interesting ones) along the way. The final chapters that actually chronicle the death of Crazy Horse are well done and worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lucinda Mccloud | 2/11/2014

    " Very thoroughly researched book, which describes Crazy Horse, the Sioux, and the conflicts of that time in our history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Benjamin | 2/4/2014

    " Another great example of what can go horribly wrong with history writing. This book is extremely well researched and that is probably its greatest weakness. The author feels he has to put in something about every item he researched, regardless as to whether it advances the story. You get the back story of nearly every minor character which just slows things down too much. The parts directly about Crazy Horse and his people and customs are well-written and interesting. It's just a shame that it gets bogged down in so much other minutiae. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Emily | 2/1/2014

    " Ah, the treachery. "

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About the Author

Thomas Powers is the author of The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA; Heisenberg’s War: The Secret History of the German Bomb; Thinking About the Next War; The War at Home: Vietnam and the American People; and Diana: The Making of a Terrorist. He is also the author of the novel The Confirmation. Powers has won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, and his work has appeared in the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review, Harper’s, the Nation, Commonweal, the Atlantic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in Vermont with his wife.