This book is good because it was born from an unlikely friendship. Some people maybe should never be together, but the world brings them together for whatever reason. This odd pair, Richard Erdoes and John Fire nee Lame Deer, came together for many reasons, I'm sure, and one of them is the creation of this book. Lame Deer maybe chose Richard, and I feel maybe even gave him the gift to write, cause after this he goes on to do books with Mary Brave Bird and Leonard Crow Dog; letting their stories be told, just as he lets Lame Deer's story to be told. The philosophy expressed, the stories told, and the personality exposed in this book are beyond words. Lame Deer is a straight shooter. He tells it as he sees it. This can be very eye-opening and illuminating. He is real, living in reality, and at a level only very few people ascend to: the Holy Man. Very few of them walk the earth, and even fewer ever have their lives, thoughts, etc. recorded. We should feel happy we can read this, for it has power. I give it one star cause five ant enough, and one makes more sense than a mere five.