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Praise for Joseph M. Marshall III’s The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History:
“Those wishing to understand Crazy Horse as the Lakota know him won’t find a better account than Marshall’s.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“The legendary Lakota leader receives due honor in this searching biography…a fine and necessary work.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Historian Marshall (Keep Going) looks to the life and accomplishments of Lakota warrior Crazy Horse for lessons on leadership in this curious and ultimately disappointing book. Best known for his 1876 defeat of General Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn, Crazy Horse was renowned for being the consummate Lakota leader: resolute in battle, courageous, magnanimous, generous to his people and conscious of the example he set. From the events of Crazy Horse's life, the author abstracts four principles of leadership: "Know Yourself," "Know Your Friends," "Know Your Enemies" and "Take the Lead." While the biographical sections on Crazy Horse are tightly detailed, the personal development advice is fuzzy and unfocused. Marshall insists that anyone can and should become a leader, but his examples are almost all drawn from politics and provide few examples on how to guide families, workplaces and communities, thereby stressing the importance of choosing leaders wisely but neglecting to show readers how to grow into leadership themselves. (Jan.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Through an analysis of the life and leadership style of the Lakota leader Crazy Horse, Marshall (The Journey of Crazy Horse ), himself a Lakota, discusses the characteristics that Native Americans value in their leaders. Crazy Horse, according to Marshall, demonstrated rather than taught leadership and represented selflessness, morality, experience, honesty, and responsibility. His guiding philosophy of knowing oneself, knowing one's friends, knowing the enemy, and leading the way has relevance today. Marshall illustrates each principle with case studies that include historical battles and present-day office politics. While his message that leadership by example is more powerful than leadership by power is well-developed, only those with an interest in Native American history would read through it. Buy if community interest warrants.