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5.0 out of 5 stars A thorough understanding of a complex Lakota mystic/warrior.
This is probably the most comprehensive biography of an Indian leader that I have ever read. The research is painstaking. The book was written in novel form and makes for an excellent read. Although there are no pictures of Crazy Horse, Ms Sandoz' first hand information from people who knew him creates an indelible snapshot of the man. He was a mystic, a...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm....an inspirational story, perhaps.....
Mari Sandoz' book is certainly a poetic read and a good story, but ultimately unsatisfactory. Compared to a more 'historical' approach to biography - Utley, for example, & his 'The Lance & the Shield' on Sitting Bull- Mari Sandoz is guilty of almost 'fictionalising' this great Indian leader. Robert Utley of course had the advantage of having lots of material available for...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A definitive and unique biography of a legendary hero., 13 Dec 1997
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This review is from: Crazy Horse: The Strange Man of the Oglalas (Bison Book) (Paperback)
This book and its' unique style succeeds in communicating history and personality. More so than a standard biography, Ms. Sandoz gives one the feel for the man and his character. The personalities of the protagonists are simulated for the reader. The background in history is strong enough to make most historical purists feel comfortable despite the styling of a novel. This book based on history; and "Hanta Yo",fiction based on culture, give the reader some of the best insights into the times from the mindset of the Lakota.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a book what a hero and what a waste of a real leader, 19 Jan 2000
This review is from: Crazy Horse: The Strange Man of the Oglalas (Bison Book) (Paperback)
I have read quite a few books about the American Indian and I can say this is one of the best from the time I received the book I couldent put it down. THe way the story is told lets you see how the indian lived thought and fought for survival It also does what no other has done buy showing the way the Indians thought about each other and how chiefs dident trust each other no other book has descibed RED cloud the way this does. I would reccomend this book to any one and America will always be shamed by books such as this and how it destroyed one of the greatest race of people of all time. Next time Mel GIBSON wants to do a movie about injustice like how the English treated the Scots he could look closer to hollywood and read this book and may be could try sticking closer to the truth this time
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book should be read by any boy age 10 and up, 25 Jun 1998
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An incredible telling of the inspirational life of a great leader. Moving and well told. A must read for anyone who has ever felt that they didn't fit in, particularly those who worry if they will ever make it in society. Here is a boy who is belittled and mistreated, who feels as if he doesn't belong, who grows to be the greatest leader his people have known.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and powerful biography, 13 Dec 1997
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This review is from: Crazy Horse: The Strange Man of the Oglalas (Bison Book) (Paperback)
Ms. Sandoz once again tells this story in the style of the Plains Indians oral history tradition. It flows remarkably well for a fact based biography. A very powerful book. Interesting to note some of the problems of their society are identical to ours today. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Too bias?, 31 July 2003
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Excellently written, easy to read and easy to believe. No doubt, Sandoz has created a timeless classic historial account on the most bravest, loyal and enigmatic sioux warrior that we know of. A clear bias, however, exists in the division of loyaly to Crazy Horse over Red Cloud and others with frequent unfair criticisms on his leadership and judgement.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't do a good job of grabbing your attention., 19 April 1999
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I'm the kind of person who loves a book that makes you want to never put it down.This book is nothing of the type.I was doing a research project and when I went in to get this book it was sitting on the shelf all dusty like it had never been touched. Now I know why.
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