The fact that the Native American author read his own words leant authenticity to the book.. His voice resonates the spirituality of telling the story of one of the most amazing of Native Americans. The book is very well written and is a wealth of information about Crazy Horse, his People and the way of life he sacrificed himself to defend. A very noble telling of the story.
Boy, oh boy... Do we have some growing up to do. Brash, arrogant, selfish... "Get the hell out of our way! We're Americans, and we're coming through, and heaven help anyone who stands in our way!" Thought provoking and insightful, this book should be read by everyone who considers him/herself a patriot. It's time to wake up, folks.
From his first words, the author took me into his world and allowed me to experience his story in a way that was thoroughly enjoyable. His voice is clearly the voice that is meant to share the story. The book is rich and interesting throughout. Knowing how Crazy Horse and the Lakota people's history of the period ends makes it poignant and sad at times. I have been interested in the story of Crazy Horse for a long time, and I appreciated Mr. Marshall's version. I believe that Crazy Horse had many qualities that make him worthy as a hero of his time. The Lakota way of life is a loss that our country can only know by understanding the people. I am so happy that I discovered this author and his book.
I don't normally like authors to read their own books but this is an exception. Regardless of his author name, he is obviously American Indian. He reads it in the calming way an Indian would tell you a story. Some reviews have not liked this approach but I loved it and found his voice and demeanor mesmerizing as I listened. A wonderful account of Crazy Horse and the stories told to this author as a boy. Regardless of the truth of every word, I loved and enjoyed this entire account of the life of Crazy Horse. I hope others enjoy it as much as I did. Well written and delivered by the narrator.
Marshall is over the top sometimes but it in a good way..his story is compelling and the feelings he has for the subject are strong. I dont believe he is any more biased than the academics who write 'proper' history books. I believe that the account is accurate and a valid perspective. It is a good book and I encourage a listen
This was a pretty good book. It provided an interesting introduction to Lakta life a hundred years ago and of the history of Lakota contacts with Euro-Americans. Sad story, obviously, but a good "read"
Must like the main characters, be intelligently written and feel like I learned something at the end.
The author did an excellent job reading his own work. This is an interesting account, though not groundbreaking, of Crazy Horses' life and how he most probably viewed certain events through his cultural lens. It is worth the price but I will say that I did not care for the author's epilogue. He would have been better served describing how the modern day Indian nation can move forward from what they have learned from the many injustices in the past rather than dwell on them today to justify Crazy Horses' less honorable achievements (e.g. Slaughtering countless unsuspecting and defenseless miners was not any more noble than the US army doing the same to Indian encampments). That said, the book is an interesting listen and well written.
I wish Marshall would write more about the Lakota. The story kept my interest completely; the pace was perfect. I was sad to reach the end. The author allows you a sense of who Crazy Horse was; a glimpse at what he felt and thought. It seems very appropriate to listen to the story as opposed to reading it. WOW. Great story. I may actually listen to it again.
After reading the reviews for this book, written over the years, I realize I probably would have to qualify my interest in the history of Native Americans as passionate, but less than strictly historical (in the sense of documentation and facts only). I read quite a few books on Native American history and I've found as much *honesty* in what the summary here refers to as Marshall's "culture's rich oral tradition" as I have in most of the heavily documented pieces of American Native histories that I've read. No doubt, scholars on the subject may find inaccuracies in this kind of a book, but they can't deny the heart or spirit that is missing in bare bones facts (and here could be a whole discussion on *facts*). Marshall captures that spirit beautifully with a reverence and sincerity that has to be included with these people's history, and this man's heroism.
I read Crazy Horse: The Strange Man of the Oglalas (by Mari Sandoz) probably 20 yrs. ago and plan on reading it again for a more timely comparison, but The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History felt more connected to the Oglala Sioux man than primarily the warrior. It felt like a peaceful reflection of a man and a philosophy, and Marshall's narration definitely added to that feeling.
There were serious issues with the recording I downloaded (which was too bad because I really enjoyed this). Several passages were repeated towards the last third of the book, almost verbatim. The repetition was distracting and even worse, gave the flow a jerky, out of context feel. I listened again, and the same thing happened; one minute CH was turning over his weapons and horse, and the next he was pulling a knife on Little Big Man and riding off on that horse. I think my recording may have also been missing parts, as there was next to nothing on the Battle at Little BigHorn. Hopefully it was just my copy.
Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.
Joseph Marshall III is from the Lakota Sioux Nation and has the perspective of the Lakota upon Crazy Horse. This is excellent history from that point of view.
Much of the history of Crazy Horse among the Lakota comes from stories and legend. It wasn't written. That does not invalidate this history, but is something to remember.
Marshall has written several books about the Lakota Sioux, that - I believe - should have received more critical acclaim than they received. He's a talented writer and story-teller. Well worth reading as well as listening to - I did on trips to and from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota.