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“Here is a glorious hero tale told with beauty and power . . . the story of a great American.”—John G. Neihardt, New York Times
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“[One] of the great stories of the West, and written . . . in the spirit of the sages, with a scrupulous regard for truth and history.”—Atlantic Monthly
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“This history of the Oglala Indian Crazy Horse is a splendidly done thing. [Sandoz] gives a magnificent picture of the Plains Indian civilization.”—Washington Star
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“The urge to shape political policy and attitudes by capturing an aura of her subjects is best exemplified by Sandoz’s passionate intensity in the writing of the book Crazy Horse.” —Mary Dixon, Great Plains Quarterly
(Great Plains Quarterly 2007-03-09)

About the Author

Mari Sandoz (1896–1966) is the noted author of Cheyenne Autumn, Old Jules, and The Battle of the Little Bighorn (all available in Bison Books editions).
 
Vine Deloria Jr. (1933–2005) is the author of many books, including Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto and Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books; 3 edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803217870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803217874
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. Chalk on September 30, 2009
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Difficult to read but well worth it as Sandoz allows you to enter into a world few have had the privilege to view dispelling myths and even bringing a good deal of controversy regarding long held beliefs about our Native American heros. She gives the reader the opportunity to see the beginning of the end of our first inhabitants as they learn from the white man about greed, deception and dependancy. Even though written through the 40's Sandoz depicts a world of policies and politics that parrallels that of our own world today. We should learn from our mistakes!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David Seals on June 21, 2011
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Not only is this a work of superb literary genius, of the highest order, and world-class, but it is about that rarest of Beings who, although very human in his love story and tragic life, breaks your heart with his level of ethics, courage, and character that truly achieves an Homeric level of divine beauty.

Crazy Horse, Tashunke Witko, was quite simply one of the greatest men who ever lived. And Mari Sandoz is the greatest Writer known to me, worthy in every way of depicting a totally unique and hitherto unknown, un-writeable, Culture so profound in its truthfulness that it takes your breath away with the horror of how the Christian Americans methodically and self-righteously, utterly, destroyed it - and then bragging ever since how much better they were and are than the great Buffalo Nations.

These of course are the obvious reasons why Crazy Horse is still dismissed by historians and literature academia as unworthy of their attention or praise - and Sandoz ignored in all the surveys of the 100 Greatest American Authors. Shame shame shame!

I love the courage and tenacity and skill of this Woman, and the glorious power of that slight little Warrior who was equal to the Goodness of my beloved West.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By bfo on May 24, 2012
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First, I'm not a historian, but am reasonably well read in American History, leaning towards the Plains Indians. I only occasionally follow up on references, and don't want to get overwhelmed with minor characters or inundated with dates. While the facts are important, it must be wrapped in a well written story.

I read the Marshall book first, which while excellent, leaves out a lot of the warts of the Lakotas. The internal rivalries were not as detailed, and the life was idealized. While Sandoz obviously holds Crazy horse in awe, she presents a more objective view of Crazy Horse and the Lakotas, and weaves an intriguing tale. Whether an expert in the field, just beginning to study the Plains Indians, or just looking for a well written story, Crazy Horse is a must read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ironman96 VINE VOICE on March 23, 2014
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Mari Sandoz's 1942 biography, Crazy Horse: The Strange Man of the Oglalas, is widely considered a groundbreaking approach to the examination of the life and times of this great chief. This is due to the author's ability, as a non-Lakota, to understand the culture of the Lakota people. Raised on the Great Plains, Sandoz not only knew many Lakota, she had the opportunity to interview Lakota who personally knew Crazy Horse such as He Dog, Short Bull, Little Killer, Mrs. Carrie Slow Bear, White Calf, and Red Feather. Her work is largely based on these and previous interviews done by others as well as results of comprehensive research into the major historical records of the relationship between the Lakota and the white settlers. These include the archives of Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, and the Library of Congress.

Aside from the historical value of the book itself, it stands apart for its poetry and simplicity. In her foreword, Sandoz writes
"I have tried to tell not only the story of the man but something of the life of his people through that crucial time. To that end I have used the simplest words possible, hoping by Idiom and figures in the underlying rhythm pattern to say some of the things of the Indian for which there are no white-man words, suggest something of his innate nature, something of his relationship to the earth and the sky and all that is between." Sandoz attempted to write as much as possible from the Lakota perspective, using Lakota words and terminology as well as replicating the Lakota manner of speaking. As someone who grew up on the Great Plains with stories of the Lakota, her writing is clearly passionate and sympathetic. When she realized not much had been written about Crazy Horse, Sandoz made the decision to write the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sojourner on September 2, 2013
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At times, the story lags a little, and 400 pages is a bit on the long side. But the end result is an amazing, enlightening, very sad story of one of the greatest men who ever lived on this earth. Mari Sandoz's story has inspired many books, including a new Native American classic called CRAZY HORSE APPEARING (a full length e-book for $3.99). It's written somewhat in the Sandoz style, but much more concise. It's also claimed that Crazy Horse Appearing has the only real photo of Crazy Hose ever found. But Mari Sandoz was the first author to publish a book about Crazy Horse. And she didn't even have the help of the internet.

Mari Sandoz is the lady who first introduced this very great man to the world. I am certain that the spirit of Crazy Horse regards her as a friend.

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