Crazy Horse and Custer

  • by Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by Richard Ferrone
  • 20 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great story, full of comparison and contrast

If you could sum up Crazy Horse and Custer in three words, what would they be?

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What did you like best about this story?

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.

What does Richard Ferrone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He does well with individualizing voices, without going over the top, which happens all too often in this kind of audiobook.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I have no idea, but I'd like to have seen what Peckinpah could have done with it.

Any additional comments?

The themes of prestige and shame presented in both men, are easily extrapolated to represent their respective cultures.

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- Buretto

Detail filled

In typical Ambrose style his work is well backed up through thorough research. I have read most books pertaining to the different bands of plains Indians and I think this is my favorite. There are times of speculation which the author fully admits to and overall extremely well done. I read the book primarily regarding Crazy Horse, but the Custer portion was amazing too. If nothing else this book proved to me how tough and determined both of these guys were.
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- Nick Barry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-18-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio