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.
Joseph Marshall is an excellent writer, storyteller and intellectual. I've read him before--I believe it was a collection of Lakota stories that had been passed to him by relatives--so I expected this to be good as well. I wasn't disappointed, but I was somewhat astonished at just how much there was for me to learn. Like many non-Indians interested in Native America, I guess I must have assumed I already knew most of what there is to know about the Lakota struggles to preserve their land and way of life. But while I knew the gist of the Crazy Horse story, I certainly did not know him as a "real" person--a son, brother, husband, humble man, and somewhat reluctant leader. I also did not realize how close his legacy and character still are to modern, living people.
I say Marshall is intellectual--and he is--but much of his understanding comes from his upbringing and closeness to loving family members who were, of course, older and closer in time to Crazy Horse. It's apparent when I think about it that Marshall is also well educated in more formal, book-and-classroom sort of ways, but these sources are not distinguished by him. He appears to feel that there need be no distinction between highly formalized and more informal learning because knowledge and understanding, whatever their source, are good.
I'm grateful for the lessons learned here. Even though I'm not of Lakota heritage, I feel that Marshall shares what he knows in the hope that any reader can both enjoy and learn from what he tells. I come away from this book entertained, sobered, more respectful, and desiring to keep learning. I'm pretty sure that anyone who listens to this book will come away greatly enriched.
It seems like a grandfather telling a story of his life and culture. The life of Crazy Horse is important, of course, but the story was much more. It was a story of who a Lakota is and why he is. I also could relate it to our current wars and how we are trying to change the cultures and lives of the Afgan people. We think for the best, but how we destroy so much in order to have the change\
Mr. Marshall was just excellent. I had tears in my eyes as the death unfolded. I could feel the grief of the parents, tribe, friends.. The loss of a great leader and the loss of a great culture
I felt like I was sitting at the foot of a wise grandfather who was telling me how to be a better man by telling me a story of a great warrior and why he was a better man
I started this book wanting to know what Crazy Horse was like and by the end of the book I feel like I have been shown more about the Lakota and their culture than I could have ever dreamed. The author is so insightful and so honest about everything including the shortcomings of Crazy Horse. The author's desire to paint the picture of Crazy Horse the human being helps the reader understand so much more about the Lakota people. I recommend this to everyone! I'm bless to have read this. Thank you.
Yes, just like a good movie, you watch it again to see the things you missed because your so engrossed in it.
He narrated it perfectly, made you feel as if your there
No, but I plan to.
Was a great audible book, perfectly narrated, excellent story, well written. Couldn't wait to listen again
This book was excellent in every way. The story, accuracy of history and the performance by the author were all executed with excellence.
Additionally, the perspective and wisdom that Marshall shares is almost as profound as the stories themselves.
I didn't want this book to end. It will stay with me forever.
I really enjoyed this book. The author has a great voice and relays the story very well. It's a great historical book on crazy horse. I knew nothing about the man. It's a sad story too. I highly recommend this book.
If understanding the way of native culture is of interest to you. Then this is a book for you. The story of Crazy Horse's life is an incredibly human story. And one I believe anyone looking for a strong and real human to look to should know this story. Thank you Joseph Marshall.