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Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors
     

Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors

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by Stephen E. Ambrose, Gonzalez
 

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On the sparkling morning of June 25, 1876, 611 men of the United States 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.

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On the sparkling morning of June 25, 1876, 611 men of the United States 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Military historian Ambrose examines the connections between the Indian chief and the cavalry officer who fought at Little Bighorn. (June)
Baltimore Sun
An epic and accurate retelling of one of our country's most tragic periods.
From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385479660
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
44,521
Product dimensions:
7.98(w) x 10.86(h) x 1.19(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen E. Ambrose was the author or co-author of more than thirty books on military affairs and foreign policy. Early in his career he was an associate editor of The Eisenhower Papers, and he later went on to publish the definitive, three-part biography of Eisenhower, as well as many bestselling books of military history, including Band of Brothers and Undaunted Courage. He died in 2002.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 10, 1936
Date of Death:
October 13, 2002
Place of Birth:
Whitewater, Wisconsin
Place of Death:
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
Education:
B.A., University of Wisconsin; M.A., Louisiana State University, 1958; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1963

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Crazy Horse and Custer 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Mscore23 More than 1 year ago
Crazy Horse and Custer weaves together the story of two men who came from very different backgrounds to meet at one historic battle. I had not read much about American Indians prior to this and was fascinated by the stories about their culture, hero’s and spirituality. Unfortunately this book also documents a time in American history that shows some of the atrocities of the U.S. Government and how they took advantage of the situation. This book is a learning experience told through great storytelling. Stephen Ambrose had a great talent for weaving together historical facts into a story that reads like a novel. It was an enjoyable journey from beginning to end and has prompted an interest beyond the book to go visit the sites and places these events took place at. As one last note, I also found this book interesting as a narrative on manhood. This book looks at the lives of two boys, who became admired men in their culture, and tells us how they got there, what motivated them and the people around them who influenced them in different ways. Boys, men and fathers may find interesting bits of wisdom hidden in these pages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The previous reviewer summed it up very well. Ambrose also does an excellent job of conveying the political climate of the time and the overwhelming desire of the U.S. Government to realize its Manifest Destiny. Extensively researched, Ambrose also opens a window for the reader into the life of the Souix during the Indian Wars. Neither pro-Government nor pro-Native American, Ambrose allows the reader to make his/her determination as to the rights and the wrongs in the struggle for dominion over the Plains.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading in high school. The story goes indepth about the life of Chief Crazy Horse and General Custer. More than a biography it shows the struggles of the American Indians and the politics of the US Goverment. I decided to read the book because I was interested in Custer, but I became a fan of Chief Crazy Horse. Much research was done in writing the book. The story is very exciting and will hold your attention. You will not be able to put the book down. This is a book worth reading! A+++++
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second book by Ambrose that I have read. He does an excellent job of comparing and contrasting Crazy Horse's and Custer's lives. He builds the feeling of despair that the Sioux must have felt as they realized that their homeland would not much longer be theirs. He describes Custers rashness so clearly that it is plain to see how he orchestrated his own demise. Don't pass this one up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Compares and contrasts Custer and Crazy Horse. Definitely have more respect for the people of those times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
harryo100 More than 1 year ago
I GREATLY ENJOYED READING THIS BOOK. I THOUGHT THE BOOK WAS VERY WELL WRITTEN AND I WAS REALLY AMAZED HOW CLOSE THE TWO MEN WERE RELATED IN THEIR LIFES.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book a must read if you are interested in the progress of America.Ambrose does it again after "Undaunted Courage". His descriptions of the land,buffalo and the main characters make you feel like you are right there. You feel Crazy Horse's hopelessness at the end of an era.Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was well researched and written. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that has a love of the West, Custer and Crazy Horse.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book to read. It was filled with information about the Sioux Indians and Custer. It is a must book to read if you are interested in the relationship between the US Army and the Sioux Indians.
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Zed1955 More than 1 year ago
Great history. Sad, but compelling story. This is the history we weren't taught in school. Very informative.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Although heavily reserched and containing pages of referances and footnotes, Ambrose once again writes a book that makes you feel comfortable to read, as it is extreemly accessable to almost anyone interested in american history and the countries search for its Manifest Destiny