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He was the most feared and loathed Indian of his time, earning his reputation in surprise victories against the troops of Generals Crook and Custer at the Rosebud and Little Bighorn. Despite his enduring reputation, he has remained an enigma (even the whereabouts of his burial place are unknown, and no portrait or photograph of him exists). Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Powers brings Crazy Horse to life in this vivid work of American history.

Powers situates the critical battles won by Crazy Horse within the context of the decades-long conflict between Indian tribes and U.S. Army forces commonly called the Great Sioux Wars. He explores the complicated relationship between the tribes - in particular, Crazy Horse's Lakota Sioux - and the federal authorities. And he makes clear why the few battles won by the Indians - regardless of the fear they left in their wake - did not ultimately help them to stem the tide of settlers, gold seekers, and buffalo hunters that flooded the Great Plains after the Civil War.

©2010 Paul Rathbone (P)2010 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"This latest account of the murder of Crazy Horse of the Lakota Sioux in 1877 is a complex, detailed and multilevel tale of greed, bad faith, racism and miscomprehension on both sides. John Pruden reads Thomas Powers's long book in a calm, unhurried voice. His pronunciation of the formidable Indian expressions and names is deft and unstrenuous. Though the voices of many are heard from letters, journals and interviews, Pruden does not embellish them; he maintains the narrating voice, avoiding complications in an already complicated but revelatory account." (Washington Post Book World)

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The narrator does a poor job and rarely even varies his inflections. To me the book seemed very unfocused, jumping around from character to character and not telling me anything I really wanted to know. I gave up after listening for an hour. I wish I could get my credit back.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Dry and boring

Don't buy this book if you are looking for a story. There is no story. I couldn't even finish the first part. Just beware.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Very interesting.

An interesting book that is hard to follow in the beginning. I am into genealogy so I found myself going to the family tree to check a name mentioned in the book. The Killing of Crazy Horse showed me the American history I was taught in school sixty years ago was very slanted toward us whites. Our greed was the cause for the attempted elimination of the Native Americans. I highly recommend this book. It's long, so get comfortable.

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  • Joseph
  • Concrete, WA, United States
  • 02-24-13

Eye opener

Would you consider the audio edition of The Killing of Crazy Horse to be better than the print version?


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What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

good naration

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

if I could have, yes

Any additional comments?

This book is an eye opener on Lakota history. I have read books by Joseph Marshall, and they backup this book. American history dosen't even address the facts that are hidden from us. This book brings those facts out. It gives a new respect for the plains indians and questions the motives of the US Calvary.

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  • Hannu
  • HELSINKI, Finland
  • 10-25-12

Moving story - suitable voice to tell it.

What made the experience of listening to The Killing of Crazy Horse the most enjoyable?

Very well told from multiple points of view - individual historic peoples' view well gathered together. Unfolding of the final events was almost unbearable. Tragic, moving story.

Which character – as performed by John Pruden – was your favorite?

Crazy Horse

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  • Pros
  • Stafford Heights, Australia
  • 08-14-12

Truth will make us free

Would you listen to The Killing of Crazy Horse again? Why?

Yes it warrents at least one, or several rereads. Like all history we can not absorbe all the ffull facts and meaning without a true search and review.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't look for favorite characters but rather try to extract the contridution of each input.

Which scene was your favorite?

Again the overal expansion of understanding I received from the history as presented is a good input into my life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several but I find it difficult, if not impossible to single out one or more.

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Just a great story of the highs and lows in the human experience. What a great debt we owe these people.

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  • Chuck
  • Markham, ON, Canada
  • 02-05-11

Save Your Money

Not sure why this book is called "Killing of Crazy Horse". I gave up just past the halfway mark and Crazy Horse had hardly been mentioned.

The book is padded with endless droning of civil war exploits of dozens of soldiers, an obvious ploy on the part of the author to flesh out the book to be more than a magazine article.

Offered nothing. Buyers would be better served to purchase Joseph Marshall III's wonderful book on Crazy Horse.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful