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The killing of Crazy Horse.


The killing of Crazy Horse.

Powers, Thomas.

Alfred A. Knopf


568 pages




The architect of General Custer's defeat at the Little Big Horn, Oglala warrior Crazy Horse was one of the strongest opponents ever faced by the U.S. during its many wars with Indian nations. While this book does, as its title indicates, look into the murky circumstances of Crazy Horse's death while in federal custody, it is just as much the story of his life and of the last decades of the Sioux nation's independence. Often a page-turner, Powers' meticulously researched and well-crafted account shows Crazy Horse as a complex and enigmatic historical figure, rather than as merely the man who destroyed Custer's Seventh Cavalry. This book will likely remain the definitive biography of Crazy Horse for years to come.

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Date:Apr 1, 2011
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