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Most of the world remembers Crazy Horse as a peerless warrior who brought the U.S. Army to its knees at the Battle of Little Bighorn. But to his fellow Lakota Indians, he was a dutiful son and humble fighting man who, with valor, spirit, respect, and unparalleled leadership, fought for his people's land, livelihood, and honor. In this fascinating biography, Joseph Marshall, himself a Lakota Indian, creates a vibrant portrait of the man, his times, and his legacy.

Drawing on firsthand research and his culture's rich oral tradition (rarely shared outside the Native American community), Marshall reveals many aspects of Crazy Horse's life, including details of the powerful vision that convinced him of his duty to help preserve the Lakota homeland, a vision that changed the course of Crazy Horse's life and spurred him confidently into battle time and time again.

The Journey of Crazy Horse is the true story of how one man's fight for his people's survival roused his true genius as a strategist, commander, and trusted leader. And it is an unforgettable portrayal of a revered human being and a profound celebration of a culture, a community, and an enduring way of life.

©2004 Joseph M. Marshall III; (P)2004 HighBridge Company

Critic Reviews

"A vivid, haunting biography that acknowledges the author's boyhood hero worship but avoids hagiography....This book adds spirit and life to our understanding of this enigmatic and important man." (Publishers Weekly)
"Marshall does a good job of bringing Crazy Horse to life by examining all his milestones....A highly readable, as-accurate-as-the-record-allows study of the nineteenth-century's best-known Lakota chief." (Booklist)

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Highly Educational, Interesting, and Provoative

Joseph Marshall is an excellent writer, storyteller and intellectual. I've read him before--I believe it was a collection of Lakota stories that had been passed to him by relatives--so I expected this to be good as well. I wasn't disappointed, but I was somewhat astonished at just how much there was for me to learn. Like many non-Indians interested in Native America, I guess I must have assumed I already knew most of what there is to know about the Lakota struggles to preserve their land and way of life. But while I knew the gist of the Crazy Horse story, I certainly did not know him as a "real" person--a son, brother, husband, humble man, and somewhat reluctant leader. I also did not realize how close his legacy and character still are to modern, living people.

I say Marshall is intellectual--and he is--but much of his understanding comes from his upbringing and closeness to loving family members who were, of course, older and closer in time to Crazy Horse. It's apparent when I think about it that Marshall is also well educated in more formal, book-and-classroom sort of ways, but these sources are not distinguished by him. He appears to feel that there need be no distinction between highly formalized and more informal learning because knowledge and understanding, whatever their source, are good.

I'm grateful for the lessons learned here. Even though I'm not of Lakota heritage, I feel that Marshall shares what he knows in the hope that any reader can both enjoy and learn from what he tells. I come away from this book entertained, sobered, more respectful, and desiring to keep learning. I'm pretty sure that anyone who listens to this book will come away greatly enriched.

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new insight of loss of a culture from lakota view

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

It seems like a grandfather telling a story of his life and culture. The life of Crazy Horse is important, of course, but the story was much more. It was a story of who a Lakota is and why he is. I also could relate it to our current wars and how we are trying to change the cultures and lives of the Afgan people. We think for the best, but how we destroy so much in order to have the change\

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Mr. Marshall was just excellent. I had tears in my eyes as the death unfolded. I could feel the grief of the parents, tribe, friends.. The loss of a great leader and the loss of a great culture

What does Joseph M. Marshall III bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I felt like I was sitting at the foot of a wise grandfather who was telling me how to be a better man by telling me a story of a great warrior and why he was a better man

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A very reverential biography

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.

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Great Book!

The author narrated it and did an excellent job! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Very informative!

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  • Russell
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  • 02-27-11

The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lokota History

This is a must for any one who cares to know the truth about how this country came to be what it is today. I would highly recommend any work that Joseph Marshall has every attempted. Listen closely to his narrations and I defy anyone to tell me that his words aren't spoken from his heart. Mr. Marshall I am sixty two years old and can say without any hesitation that your words have brought a joy and pride to my soul of my Mescalero Apache heritage, that I have not felt for many years. I too can remember the stories of my grandmother when I was a child, stories told by her grandmother to her of our people and after hearing The Journey of Crazy Horse so many of those old memoirs came flooding back, that I had forgotten so many years ago. You are truly blessed with a talent that is rarely found and may I encourage you to use it often because you will always have a enthusiastic fan hear in Texas.
Thanks For The Memoirs,
Dean Arnold

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Fantastic!

If you could sum up The Journey of Crazy Horse in three words, what would they be?

A cut above!

What other book might you compare The Journey of Crazy Horse to and why?

None so far.

Which scene was your favorite?

The naming of Crazy Horse. I thought I could hear the author's voice quivering as he read it. The naming of Crazy Horse doesn't have any particular emotional content to me. But I can certainly appreciate when it does to somebody else. That's hard to fake.

Any additional comments?

The author did not write a typical history book and that's a very good thing. This was an attempt to humanize Crazy Horse and make him more understandable as a person, rather than as the historical figure or heroic legend. Toward this objective, the author did an amazing job. There's some obvious creative license. But what better way to discuss a man like Crazy Horse than as a personal story? After all, the facts don't always tell the story. To hear a story of a person like Crazy Horse is to experience a story. That experience is what is conveyed by the author. I'd recommend this book to anybody who is interested in mid 19th century US history. It is an experience to remember!

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Braveheart of the Lakota

- Great narrative written in both a biographical style, and more interestingly, after the oral tradition of the Lakota.

- Shows a side of Crazy Horse only knowable from those who knew him personally. A look beyond the legend, a look at the man himself, his struggles, thoughts, triumphs, and failures.

- Objective history telling, but done clearly from the prospective of Crazy Horse and the free Lakota. Free from all political correctness on both sides of the debate, -much appreciated, the raw truth is always better than pandering lies that comfort mentally weak people.

- A great lesson in leadership by example and the dangers of envy. (Reminded me of Mel Gibson's film version of William Wallace in Braveheart)

- The author, Joseph Marshall III is a great writter, and he narrates the audio version! Well done. Highly recommend to all.

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Insightful and Informative

I love Joseph Marshall III, and this book and reading by him did not disappoint. I particularly enjoyed how he blended the journey of Crazy Horse with his own, and how he made an overt effort to not portray Crazy Horse as a legend or hero, but rather as a man. A wonderful perspective on this important man.

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Indigenous history from an indigenous prospective

I really enjoyed listening to this book. A great work of true American history!

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incredible.

thank you. I cried for Crazy Horse, and for the Lakota. I could not put this book down.