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Crazy Horse A Life Legends cloud the life of Crazy Horse a seminal figure in American history but an enigma even to his own people in his own day This superb biography looks back across than years at the life and d

  • Title: Crazy Horse: A Life
  • Author: Larry McMurtry
  • ISBN: 9780143034803
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Paperback
  • Crazy Horse: A Life By Larry McMurtry, Legends cloud the life of Crazy Horse, a seminal figure in American history but an enigma even to his own people in his own day This superb biography looks back across than 120 years at the life and death of this great Sioux warrior who became a reluctant leader at the Battle of Little Bighorn With his uncanny gift for understanding the human psyche, Larry McMurtryLegends cloud the life of Crazy Horse, a seminal figure in American history but an enigma even to his own people in his own day This superb biography looks back across than 120 years at the life and death of this great Sioux warrior who became a reluctant leader at the Battle of Little Bighorn With his uncanny gift for understanding the human psyche, Larry McMurtry animates the character of this remarkable figure, whose betrayal by white representatives of the U.S government was a tragic turning point in the history of the West A mythic figure puzzled over by generations of historians, Crazy Horse emerges from McMurtry s sensitive portrait as the poignant hero of a long since vanished epoch.

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    1. In the early 90s my family visited the statue that is being carved into a South Dakota mountain in his image and the National Park on the location of the Little Big Horn Battle in Montana, in which Crazy Horse alongside a coalition of tribes were victorious against the US Cavalry, otherwise known as Custer s Last Stand Afterwards, I wondered what about this particular man warranted all of the mythology that has surrounded him in the last two centuries McMurty s book offers few answers, and in fa [...]

    2. A little bit of history about Crazy Horse I liked the way the author would give an account of an event and then give another two based on other information He was careful to point out the lack of proper historical information and it seemed to me that he tried to be as unbiased as possible by telling what others have found and said The author even talked about sources and their historical accuracy This wasn t just a collection of the myths of Crazy Horse, but a fair look at who he probably really [...]

    3. McMurtry paints a stark but engaging like the Great Plains themselves portrait of Crazy Horse and the time and place in which he lived He allows both the real man and the legend to share the stage, giving us a impression of who Crazy Horse might have been because we ll never know the truth and who people thought he was The story of Native Americans during the 19th century is definitely one of incredible sadness, misunderstanding, greed, power politics and bigotry, skating along the line of genoc [...]

    4. I bought this book at the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota five years ago and have tried to read it a couple of times since and could never get into it After finishing Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, I picked it back up and couldn t put it down Many people have criticized McMurtry for his criticism of other writers on the subject, but I found it insightful and amusing I appreciated his attempt to separate the myth from the man, while acknowledging that the mythos of Crazy Horse is pretty amaz [...]

    5. Thoughtful and brief biography of Crazy Horse, the legendary Sioux warrior who has become a contemporary icon of resistance McMurtry is a careful, fair minded guide into a somewhat murky history primary sources are rare, contradictory, and unreliable, and some earlier historians apparently supplemented the record with their own imaginings What I most appreciate is that McMurtry brings clarity to familiar historic individuals through well chosen details and anecdotes, for example Everyone was get [...]

    6. An interesting concise recounting of the life of Crazy Horse, the last of the resistors among the Sioux people The book suffers from some problems of style, as has been mentioned by other reviewers, McMurtry comes off as rather cranky and spends much time criticizing previous biographers attempts to cover Crazy Horse s life The simple fact of the matter is that very little is known about Crazy Horse His own people had very few recollections of him, and very little can be verified as to his where [...]

    7. A placid, ruminative and respectful biography of the Oglala Sioux warrior about whom, McMurtry is at pains to stress, we can know very few true facts The slim volume tells Crazy Horse s story without presuming McMurtry sometimes guesses at motives, but gives an array of options and admits that we can only guess He also tries to tell both sides of the events, and does a fair job at it, considering that few Indians left records except many years later.McMurtry repudiates the hagiographies, but he [...]

    8. The Wiedenfeld Nicolson Lives series edition is a quick read of 134 pages of puffed print large margin, line spacing, etc I imagine that McMurtry was asked to write this biography of Crazy Horse, an Oglala Sioux Indian who was assassinated at an arranged interview in 1877 by the US cavalry under the command of General Bradley The interest in Crazy Horse is stimulated by a huge statue being carved into a mountainous outcrop near Mt Rush Refreshingly, McMurtry immediately confesses that reliable i [...]

    9. This was an interesting biography McMurtry doesn t so much tell the story of Crazy Horse s life which, he repeatedly emphasizes, is mystery that fact , but rather tells the story of what Crazy Horse represents The writing is evocative and engaging, though it lags at some points, and McMurtry s use of analogies and allusions to other historical events, as well as his failure to explain backstory, makes the book a little confusing to those unfamiliar with American History.I enjoyed this book, and [...]

    10. This book is very short, but McMurtry obviously read a lot about Crazy Horse I rated the book as 4 stars because the author did an excellent job of summarizing Horse s life He also rated his facts as to whether they are clearly facts, probably facts and possible facts Because of that, I have a good idea of what Horse s life was like Some of the facts are very surprising and that is one reason I recommend reading the book.If you aren t already aware of how we treated the Indians in that era you m [...]

    11. If you know a little about Crazy Horse, after you ve read this book, you ll still only know a little about Crazy Horse Not because McMurtry does a bad job, he doesn t There just isn t a lot about Crazy Horse to write about He was a loner, very private, a man of few words An enigma, if you will.If you ever get a chance to see the monument being carved by the Ziolkowski family, do so it is awesome

    12. Brief and engrossing, but assumes you know a little about Crazy Horse and Little Bighorn already

    13. This book was almost a waste of time In the first pages McMurtry informs the reader that almost nothing is known of Crazy Horse and then he spends the remainder of book proving it.

    14. Excellent, short biography of the Sioux warrior by the author of Lonesome Dove Part of the Penguin Lives series.

    15. This was interesting Good information but so sad What we did to the Native Americans is so awful I can t imagine being able to move on from that as a Native American, even 100 s of years later.

    16. A somewhat concise, yet very well written account of the life of Crazy Horse and his people The author offers some very good insight, and makes no assumptions on the gaps in the historical record, which makes this a good read.

    17. Because this is such a slight volume in size, a reader might think this would be a good introductory biography of Crazy Horse While I thought it was an excellent book, it s really not for the uninitiated Anyone who doesn t have at least a bare bones knowledge of the outlines of Crazy Horse s life and the Plains Indians wars that brought him to public attention might find himself at a loss A good book to provide such context is The Killing of Crazy Horse by Thomas Powers In what really is not muc [...]

    18. Crazy Horse is a very recognizable historical figure, and I was very surprised to find out that there is almost no historical record of his life until near the end He avoided white people most of his life and only in the last few months did he interact much with them, resulting in them writing about him Most of the rest of the information about him is from interviews with Sioux many years after Crazy Horse was killed, which may or may not be accurate However, a great deal of writing has been don [...]

    19. This is a short book 140 pages, with shorter pages than normal , but it took me a long time to read I have loved every McMurtry novel that I have read, but this history was a bit dull It s not all McMurtry s fault Crazy Horse is a difficult topic The problem is that little can be said conclusively about the famous Oglala warrior His companions didn t keep records, so most of the recorded history about Crazy Horse comes from his encounters with whites and interviews with his friends, but this pre [...]

    20. I picked up this book on a whim, primarily based on the author and my love of Lonesome Dove It was available at the library when I was looking for a book to read and it seemed like an easy length to consume without feeling overwhelmed by material I m very glad I gave in to my impulse to pick up the book, it was well worth the time and energy invested.The book starts with a disclaimer that this isn t a full blooded biography, but rather a short format biography McMurtry further goes on to say tha [...]

    21. This is the best available biography of Crazy Horse that I ve seen It s the best because McMurtry very wisely chooses to avoid speculation and putting words in the great Native American leader s mouth The problem is, there is so very little that s truly known about CH and what little we do have is often contradictory McMurtry says this up front, and sticks only to the hard facts He refuses to resort to novelist s tactics here to do so, he implies, would be fictionalizing CH s story McMurtry also [...]

    22. Unabridged, 1999Legends cloud the life of Crazy Horse ca 1842 1877 , a seminal figure in American history but an enigma even to his own people in his own day This superb biography looks back across than one hundred and twenty years at the life and death of this great Oglala Sioux warrior who became a reluctant leader at the Battle of the Little Bighorn With his uncanny gift for understanding the human psyche, Larry McMurtry animates the character of this remarkable figure, whose betrayal by rep [...]

    23. Less than 150 pages and a terrific introduction to the back story of the drama happening today at the DAPL pipeline and a brief history of the infamous Treaty of 1868 presented through McMurtry s biography of the Indian warrior, Crazy Horse The book has an excellent list of sources for those seeking study, especially of the Sioux and other High Plains tribes and the shameful story of the US government s making and breaking of treaties.Penguin Lives Series of small biographies, written by world [...]

    24. This was an interesting little book I new next to nothing about Crazy Horse before, and now I feel like I know just a little Oddly it seems very little is actually known about this man.I gave this book 3 stars because I found the author rather irritating The author spends to first 1 1 2 chapters telling you what he is going to do and demonizing other writers stating that pretty much everyone else who has written about Crazy Horse has made assumptions and not stuck to the facts For such a short [...]

    25. Before I read this book, Crazy Horse A Life by Larry McMurtry, I had heard of Crazy Horse, but not what he did, or what he was to his people Afterwards, I had a new found respect for him, along with a feeling of awe He was a wanderer, and was very pensive He would go off from his tribe into the wilderness for a few days, just to think and look at the stars Despite his clam, thoughtful attitude, he turned out to be one of the greatest war leaders on the Great Plains At his time, Americans began t [...]

    26. Dear Ms Greenhouse,I didn t get far into the book yet but I m reading Crazy Horse I am going to write about my summury and opinion in the same review In the first chapter which is the only one I ve read so far they talk about the crazy horse monument that people have been working on for 50 years and they are still working on the head Crazy horse was the leader of an indian tribe in the South Dakota plains And that is basiclly all that they explained in the first chapter to let the reader know wh [...]

    27. First of all, McMurtry is one of my favorite authors, but his incredible character development in his novels doesn t appear much in a history, especially an abbreviated history like this one He readily admits that this is not meant to be an encyclopedic work, but it seemed like there was foreshadowing and general rambling around to other related topics To me, it seemed like an insightful essay that was fleshed out with some good research I ve never had one of my favorite authors call out anothe [...]

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