The Killing of Crazy Horse

  • by Thomas Powers
  • Narrated by John Pruden
  • 20 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

He was the most feared and loathed Indian of his time, earning his reputation in surprise victories against the troops of Generals Crook and Custer at the Rosebud and Little Bighorn. Despite his enduring reputation, he has remained an enigma (even the whereabouts of his burial place are unknown, and no portrait or photograph of him exists). Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Powers brings Crazy Horse to life in this vivid work of American history.
Powers situates the critical battles won by Crazy Horse within the context of the decades-long conflict between Indian tribes and U.S. Army forces commonly called the Great Sioux Wars. He explores the complicated relationship between the tribes - in particular, Crazy Horse's Lakota Sioux - and the federal authorities. And he makes clear why the few battles won by the Indians - regardless of the fear they left in their wake - did not ultimately help them to stem the tide of settlers, gold seekers, and buffalo hunters that flooded the Great Plains after the Civil War.

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What the Critics Say

"This latest account of the murder of Crazy Horse of the Lakota Sioux in 1877 is a complex, detailed and multilevel tale of greed, bad faith, racism and miscomprehension on both sides. John Pruden reads Thomas Powers's long book in a calm, unhurried voice. His pronunciation of the formidable Indian expressions and names is deft and unstrenuous. Though the voices of many are heard from letters, journals and interviews, Pruden does not embellish them; he maintains the narrating voice, avoiding complications in an already complicated but revelatory account." (Washington Post Book World)

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Most Helpful

Boring

The narrator does a poor job and rarely even varies his inflections. To me the book seemed very unfocused, jumping around from character to character and not telling me anything I really wanted to know. I gave up after listening for an hour. I wish I could get my credit back.
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- Abraca "Abracadabra"

Dry and boring

Don't buy this book if you are looking for a story. There is no story. I couldn't even finish the first part. Just beware.
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- mary j aboughadareh

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-02-2010
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio