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.
"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
Cultural Perspectives of Freedom
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.
He does well with individualizing voices, without going over the top, which happens all too often in this kind of audiobook.
I have no idea, but I'd like to have seen what Peckinpah could have done with it.
The themes of prestige and shame presented in both men, are easily extrapolated to represent their respective cultures.
- Nick Barry