Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors Paperback – May 1 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Military historian Ambrose examines the connections between the Indian chief and the cavalry officer who fought at Little Bighorn.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"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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It starts on the plains of Nebraska. Ambrose writes about the Native American lifestyle and you can begin to see why our culture and theirs clashed so much. Then he talks of the culture in the United States during the 1800's. After that Ambrose begins to tell of the two warriors during their childhood, and then each of their separate journeys to manhood.
Ambrose keeps the readers interested throughout the whole book by going into great and gruesome details about the battles that each Crazy Horse and Custer had been involved in. The climax of the book was the Battle for Little Big Horn. I just could not put down the book he started out describing the battle by stating the mistakes that Custer had made, such as underestimating the power of the Native American forces. Then Amborse explains where Custer was and where Crazy Horse was and how Custer was caught on his flank by Crazy Horse. This book really made the history of Crazy Horse and Custer come alive.
And when Ambrose tells the story you really get the feeling that this is all about us today. How we became who we are.
When Custer looked on a virgin forest, he envisioned sawmills, houses being build etc. Custer believed in progress, in the doctrine that things are going to be better.
Crazy Horse on the other hand saw the trees as they were at that moment. He lived in that moment. For Custer events marched forward, onward and upward. For Crazy Horse things were done because thats the way they had always been done.
Indeed, the European thought that a man should and could improve his station in life would have made little sense to Crazy Horse.
Ambrose lets us know that Custer might have been a buffoon, but he died for the thing called progress, the thing we, whites, also believes in.
Along the way we also get to know Crazy Horse, his love for Black Buffalo Women and his people, the Sioux. And it does seem just that Crazy Horse could outnumber and outmaneuver Custer on what is now Custers hill.
One final indian victory before the end.
An epic story where every little detail Stephen Ambrose tells us just makes us want more. A brilliant book!
Stephen Ambrose was a marvelous historian. He told real life stories with the skill of a master fiction writer. His characters are gripping, quixotic and often of enviable character. This was the case with Crazy Horse and Custer.
If you want to learn about what it was like to live as a Native American on the high plains in the 19th century, this book is for you. If you want to know what it was like to be a U.S. soldier during or after the Civil War, this book is for you. If you want to read a story about valor, integrity, dignity, tragedy and pain, this book is for you. The story of "how the West was won" is sad and heartbreaking at times. But so is life, and so is much of the history of history of the United States. Life, like history, can also be extremely exciting and adventursome. In this book, Ambrose brings both Crazy Horse and Custer back to life so that we may live their adventures with them as they make history.
Ambrose is exceptionally fair in his analysisof both men. He is partial to both the Native Americans and the U.S. soldiers who often brutalized them. He paints a picture that is, by all accounts, historically accurate and incredibly interesting. Ambrose makes it possible to see the good and bad in both Crazy Horse and Custer. He shows their strengths and weaknesses, allowing readere to draw their own conclusions about the nature of their conflict.Read more ›
Throughout the book, the issues that shaped Western growth and expansion are addressed, as are their effects on the lives of these two men. There is a short section that follows the climactic battle, deatiling what happened after Little Big Horn for many of the people described in the book at one point or another.
A reader expecting another book similar to one of his World War II efforts might be disappointed, but it should be remembered that Ambrose didn't have veterans to discuss experiences with- only records and long-dated transcripts. As such, this is a much more difficult book to write, which should be taken into consideration. However, the book is not as well-written as the World War II books, which obviously benefitted from earlier writing experiences such as this. Overall, the book will teach you a lot about the Western settlement and its effects, and especially about two famous Americans that inevitably will be linked for all of history.
Most recent customer reviews
I found it to be an eye opener, gave me a better understanding of the way things where in those days.Published 14 months ago by Richard Larin
Very interersting book about the blind luck that Custer had in life that failed him in the end. Interesting points about the life style of Native Americans. Read morePublished on April 3 2004 by Jeff Sartain
Wonderful depiction of the parallel lives of two legendary western figures. Loved it from beginning to tragic end.Published on Nov. 5 2003 by tstroeb
Historical writing doesn't get much better than this.
In parallel chapters, Ambrose presents the story of these two warriors, from their births to their final tragic meeting... Read more
I enjoyed Ambrose's approach of following the lives of natural leaders in different cultures. It was interesting the see how each culture, Americans in the late 1800s and American... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2001 by Amazon Customer
Crazy Horse and George Custer were leaders. They led by example, they led by acclamation, and they led driven by a desire to shape the future of their people. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2001 by Terp Allan
Guided by pure facts, spirited by the truth, Stephen Ambrose rises among all other authers with regard to this most important time in our countries history. Read morePublished on April 1 2001 by Steven M Shields
I got this book as a gift and I just finished it recently. I have to say I loved the book...a lot. Before this book, I had absolutely no knowledge of this history and now I find... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2001 by Norm Zurawski
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