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

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Great read

It was a bit dry in the beginning. This book reads like a historical thesis paper, with key details and research going in depth, Having to go over the history of the American Indian populations up until the point of the little big horn. But it gained speed quickly and maintained it until the end. Excellent read, highly recommended, especially if you

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Excellent history

This is one of if not the best told history of native Americans I️ have read. The descriptions of Indian culture and comparison to white American culture is stunning. It is so well told I️ couldn’t stop reading. There were also interesting minor details I️ had not read about previously. If you are interested in Native American history, this is a must read.

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Another great one by Ambrose

Ambrose always puts together a historical event as a story and interjects details that make it entertain and inform.

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Detail filled

In typical Ambrose style his work is well backed up through thorough research. I have read most books pertaining to the different bands of plains Indians and I think this is my favorite. There are times of speculation which the author fully admits to and overall extremely well done. I read the book primarily regarding Crazy Horse, but the Custer portion was amazing too. If nothing else this book proved to me how tough and determined both of these guys were.

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Excellent!

I truly enjoined listening to this story! The best book on this subject. All my recommendations!

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Steven Ambrose does it again!

Excellent read (listen) which grabs you from the the first line and compels you to the very end. Ambrose makes history come alive and the most interesting way. Love his books.

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One of my favorite books

I read this book at least 3 times. It was one of the first audio books I downloaded and the reader did not disappoint! The parallels of each were very well drawn, as I expected being quite familiar with the book. I have actually returned audio books because the reading was so extremely distracting but that is not the case here. Highly recommend!

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A must read to understand Custer and Crazy Horse

Where does Crazy Horse and Custer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is by far one of the most enlightening books on the shaping of the West I have read.

Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

I did not know as much about Custer as I had thought...Richard Ferrone in his reading of the book captured for me a Custer that I had not studied with his early days and the shaping of his career at West Point, to his ambition and his love of his wife.

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Stephen Ambrose's narrative is colorful and in depth to a point I found myself transported to the Plains and could not find my way out until the end of the book. The use of primary sources including letters, oral histories and battle reports were intertwined in the narrative so adeptly adding strength and detail to the overall narrative.

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