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On the sparkling morning of June 25, 1876, 611 men of the US 7th Cavalry rode toward the banks of the Little Bighorn in the Montana Territory, where 3,000 Indians stood waiting for battle. The lives of two great warriors would soon be forever linked throughout history: Crazy Horse, leader of the Oglala Sioux, and General George Armstrong Custer. Both were men of aggression and supreme courage. Both became leaders in their societies at very early ages; both were stripped of power, in disgrace, and worked to earn back the respect of their people. And to both of them, the unspoiled grandeur of the Great Plains of North America was an irresistible challenge. Their parallel lives would pave the way, in a manner unknown to either, for an inevitable clash between two nations fighting for possession of the open prairie.

©2016 Random House Audio (P)2016 Stephen E. Ambrose

What the critics say

"Movingly told and well written...a fine contribution, one that will be read with pleasure and admiration by general reader, student and scholar alike. Ambrose has breathed new life into the familiar facts." ( Library Journal)
"An epic and accurate retelling of one of our country's most tragic periods." ( Baltimore Sun)

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loved it...

so many variations of the Custer story, this one seemed to be the most legitimate

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An exhaustive and sympathetic story

I found this story to be excellent. The author told her detailed and sympathetic story of each participant in the great Sioux Wars. My respect for both Custer and Crazy Horse increased many fold. Benteen and Reno were portrayed in more sympathetic light as true officers in the army. The Indians of this story were portrayed not as monsters or heroes but rather as humans with differing opinions. Over All I felt essential honesty and this retelling.

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  • Dennis Larocque
  • 2018-04-24

one of the best accounts of native American life and custom out there. would recommend.

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  • Buretto
  • 2017-05-22

Great story, full of comparison and contrast

If you could sum up Crazy Horse and Custer in three words, what would they be?

Cultural Perspectives of Freedom

What did you like best about this story?

The efforts to humanize both men, particularly Crazy Horse. It's easy to think of these legendary figures as outsized caricatures of themselves, but we get a deeper view of both.

What does Richard Ferrone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He does well with individualizing voices, without going over the top, which happens all too often in this kind of audiobook.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I have no idea, but I'd like to have seen what Peckinpah could have done with it.

Any additional comments?

The themes of prestige and shame presented in both men, are easily extrapolated to represent their respective cultures.

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  • Stewart Fletcher
  • 2019-04-29

A Fascinating, Fair Depiction of Two Heroes

It's a rare gift to be able to hear and fully understand both sides of a conflict. As a kid, I was raised with the cliche of the "brave soldier and the savage Indian". As I got older and more socially conscious, my point of view shifted to "the noble Native and the greedy government". Now, thanks to the help of this book and many like it, I have come to a balanced, nuanced understanding of these events. No Native was pure savage or pure nobility. No soldier was pure brute or pure hero. Every person and event is infinitely more complicated than we can truly understand. This book is a perfect representation of that fact.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-10-05

Excellent

Now I finally. understand the Indian Wars, and Native American culture. Really loved this book.

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  • Skip Drake
  • 2019-02-02

Historic and entertaining.

Well written and read. Another sad chapter of American history. I need another five words.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-02-09

Skip this book

Way too many inaccuracies ! Should have been researched and edited much better !
Skip this book .

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  • Aloy Wo
  • 2021-01-31

great voom

All Americans should listen to this magnificent tale. it captures the spirit of the time. also a dark chapter. But don't just fixate on the dark parts of our history.

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  • Daniel
  • 2020-10-24

Simply brilliant

This is one of the most elaborate and eloquent books about this subject. So much detail for both sides of the story and the narrator is amazing.

If you have any interest in the complicated history of the west and in the relations between Native Americans and European Americans, this is your book.

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  • CE
  • 2020-10-20

Fantastic

Like many of his works, this is a fantastic history of two distinct individuals of starkly different lives destined to clash together in a moment of time that will live forever.

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  • Rae beste
  • 2020-08-14

Greatly significant US history illuminated.

A thought provoking exploration of the period , culture and mythology of the West. A well researched story of a tragic collision of cultures, told through the contrasting lives of Crazy Horse and Custer. A great read! Bravo!