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Publisher's Summary

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.

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

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A Fascinating, Fair Depiction of Two Heroes

It's a rare gift to be able to hear and fully understand both sides of a conflict. As a kid, I was raised with the cliche of the "brave soldier and the savage Indian". As I got older and more socially conscious, my point of view shifted to "the noble Native and the greedy government". Now, thanks to the help of this book and many like it, I have come to a balanced, nuanced understanding of these events. No Native was pure savage or pure nobility. No soldier was pure brute or pure hero. Every person and event is infinitely more complicated than we can truly understand. This book is a perfect representation of that fact.

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How sad

Progress , what a toll it has taken on mankind,never satisfied,never at peace with anything. Like locust,now this curse consumes everything. All of mankind will soon follow these tribes because of the relentless curse of greed.

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Excellent

Now I finally. understand the Indian Wars, and Native American culture. Really loved this book.

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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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Yes, I love history!!

Great book and such a fascinating story!! Must read!!! i traveled to the battle sites while listening to this book. It helped me to imagine all the rich and powerful history. Read and explore--you won't be sorry!!

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Great Historical Read of Two Great Men

Very well researched book. Outstanding read of two historical figures. A most interesting time in our country. The author has a great job with this book if you like history you will love this book

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Excellent

Well told and well read. Empathetic objectivity. We will listen again! We have the Kindle version as well

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Crazy Horse and Custer

great book and well presented I learned a lot after listening to this book it makes one ask the question who was the really the true savage?