I was happy to hear from a native Lakota voice the story of Crazy Horse. However, the narrative was fairly flat and rolled along like a historical outline padded with scenery. I am grateful to have been exposed to the perspective and information but found the storytelling and narration somewhat flat.
Written with great respect and love, this is not really history. It is more like a tale one would tell to the youngsters around the fire in the evening ... the story of a beloved ancestor. It is a good book, if this is what you are looking for. I was looking for a more researched approach to history than this.
This book was able to make me see a look into the past at the hardships and love of the mother earth... such passion, such drive.... no matter what Crazy horse will like on...
Although a Brit I was captivated listening to this well reseached and narrated piece of native american history - it provides a unique insight into recent american history but from the native american stance. The demise of the Sioux nation is sad tale of ethnic cleansing 19th C. style - and this account of that blot on US history is well told. You are left with the view that if the land/gold grab in the Black Hills had been managed more sensivitely by the government of the time everyone involved would have been a winner - but history is not about sensible actions taken by governments and/orleaders (Iraqi/Iran comes to mind!). The tale also provides a unique insight into the previously untold history of the events of the time and the culture of the Sioux - I can highly recommend this book to anyone interested in american history & native american culture.
Lakota Way and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee are my favorite Native American books. I gave them both five stars. Crazy Horse is good too but only worth four stars.
Mister Marshall writes with a great deal of passion for his subject and he writes very well. But to understand Crazy Horse, more than just this book is needed. It is quite biased in favor of the Lakota--for example, Mister Marshall expresses what appears to be genuine puzzlement over the hanging of thirty eight Dakota at Mankato, then expresses justified outrage over the crimes committed at Sand Creek, though the crimes committed by both Chivington and the thirty eight hanged Lakota were the same. I have a hard time believing that the Lakota at the time were almost always entirely the good guys and the Euro-Americans almost always entirely the bad guys. Things are never that simple.
I don't know why authors think they can narrate their own books. Neil Gaiman is the only one that can carry that off. Marshall will put you to sleep with his monotone, really sad and downbeat voice. I wasn't sure which one of us would drift off first. I think he did the research though and the book could have been good if told in the first person. Thru Crazy Horse's eyes that is. Not worth the credit because of the narration though.