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Crazy Horse and Custer

The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors
Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (313 ratings)

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

©2016 Random House Audio (P)2016 Stephen E. Ambrose

Critic Reviews

"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)

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one of the best accounts of native American life and custom out there. would recommend.

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Great story, full of comparison and contrast

If you could sum up Crazy Horse and Custer in three words, what would they be?

Cultural Perspectives of Freedom

What did you like best about this story?

The efforts to humanize both men, particularly Crazy Horse. It's easy to think of these legendary figures as outsized caricatures of themselves, but we get a deeper view of both.

What does Richard Ferrone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He does well with individualizing voices, without going over the top, which happens all too often in this kind of audiobook.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I have no idea, but I'd like to have seen what Peckinpah could have done with it.

Any additional comments?

The themes of prestige and shame presented in both men, are easily extrapolated to represent their respective cultures.

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Slow but worth every second of description

The narrator was a bit slow but the story was amazing to hear and quite eye opening to how poorly the first contacts went with tribes and brute force of the military.

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Make America Native Again

Look: America worships progress beneath the flowing white skirts of their white God. Nothing else. There is no depth to which America won't sink to get what they want. What happened to the indigenous people will happen again; indeed, continues to this day the world over. As increasing people are marginalized, the tactics put forth in this book will be used upon them. Why? It works. Beautiful, inspiring and tragic story. I've listened to it multiple times.

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Interesting read, I enjoyed it!

I'm sure every American knows who George Custer is. But ,the details behind the legend are far murkier than most realize. Ambrose has written a great book in this work. I particularly enjoyed the fact he gave a glimpse of the Native American mind set that ultimately led to the demise of the Indian nations of the last century. Getting to know some of the Great Chiefs who led their people in a time of such change was inspiring as well. Ultimately I took away the fact that, people are people whomever they are. The "Civilized" Indians sold out the "renegade hold outs" as fast as any white man could have. The native tribes took land and pushed out their tribal neighbors as well as any white man could have. Occasionally the tribes were able to work together to make a stand against the encroaching settlers, but it was the exception rather than the rule. Fascinating topic, well written. I highly recommend the book.

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A very fine book

Not only a riveting history but a thoughtful and thought-provoking study of two men whose individualism was yet representative of an era. Very well narrated.

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pretty darn good

I enjoyed it 3 times. informative and fair. one of the better ones I have read

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Historic and entertaining.

Well written and read. Another sad chapter of American history. I need another five words.

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Enjoyable Reading

I enjoyed reading this, and now I want to know more about both Crazy Horse and Custer. I believe this book did what a history book should: It left me with mixed feelings about both individuals and their cultures. The truth is never simple or one-sided. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes #nonfiction #indianwars #civilwar #americanhistory #provocative

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good piece of history to hear.

I thought is was done very well. narrator did a good job. liked how the story told the story of both Crazy Horse and Custer.