Synopses & Reviews
Crazy Horse, the legendary military leader of the Oglala Sioux whose personal power and nonconformity set him off as “strange,” fought in many famous battles, including the Little Bighorn. He held out tirelessly against the U.S. government’s efforts to confine the Lakotas to reservations. Finally, in the spring of 1877 he surrendered, only to meet a violent death. More than a century later, Crazy Horse continues to hold a special place in the hearts and minds of his people. Mari Sandoz offers a powerful evocation of the long-ago world and enduring spirit of Crazy Horse.
"This history of the Oglala Indian Crazy Horse is a splendidly done thing. [Sandoz] gives a magnificent picture of the Plains Indian civilization."—Washington Star Atlantic Monthly
"This history of the Oglala Indian Crazy Horse is a splendidly done thing. [Sandoz] gives a magnificent picture of the Plains Indian civilization."-Washington Star
"First published in 1942, is thorough, scrupulous in its accuracy and written in a style that propels the narrative."-Martin Naparsteck, Salt Lake Tribune
(Martin Naparsteck, Salt Lake Tribune)
"Here is a glorious hero tale told with beauty and power . . . the story of a great American."—John G. Neihardt, New York Times John G. Neihardt
"[One] of the great stories of the West, and written . . . in the spirit of the sages, with a scrupulous regard for truth and history."—Atlantic Monthly New York Times
"Writing from an Indian point of view and in Indian language patterns...Sandoz displayed an exquisite sensitivity to the spiritual and cultural impact of landscape and topography, and intensely conveyed the emotional, psychological, and religious universe of the Plains Indians....That sensitivity makes this, the most accomplished biography of Crazy Horse and one of the best and most moving books ever written about the American West, a strange, often unsettling work." Benjamin Schwarz, the Atlantic Monthly
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Crazy Horse, the military leader of the Oglala Sioux whose personal power and social nonconformity set him off as "strange," fought in many famous battles, including the one at the Little Bighorn. He held out boldly against the government's efforts to confine the Sioux on reservations. Finally, in the spring of 1877 he surrendered, one of the last important chiefs to do so, only to meet a violent death. Mari Sandoz, the noted author of Cheyenne Autumn and Old Jules, both available as Bison Books, has captured the spirit of Crazy Horse with a strength and nobility befitting his heroism.
About the Author
This edition, published on the fiftieth anniversary of the book's original publication, carries an introduction by Stephen B. Oates, the well-known biographer of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and others.