A New York Times bestseller from the author of Band of Brothers: The biography of two fighters forever linked by history and the battle at Little Bighorn.
On the sparkling morning of June 25, 1876, 611 men of the United States 7th Cavalry rode toward the banks of Little Bighorn in the Montana Territory, where three thousand Indians stood waiting for battle. The lives of two great warriors would soon be forever linked throughout history: Crazy Horse, leader of the Oglala Sioux, and General George Armstrong Custer. Both were men of aggression and supreme courage. Both became leaders in their societies at very early ages. Both were stripped of power, in disgrace, and worked to earn back the respect of their people. And to both of them, the unspoiled grandeur of the Great Plains of North America was an irresistible challenge. Their parallel lives would pave the way, in a manner unknown to either, for an inevitable clash between two nations fighting for possession of the open prairie.
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A lot of us learned in school that General Custer was defeated by Crazy Horse at the Battle of Little Bighorn. But there’s so much more to the conflict between Native Americans and Western settlers. Historian Stephen E. Ambrose, author of the amazing World War II saga Band of Brothers, draws fascinating parallels between the lives of Lakota tribal leader Crazy Horse and U.S. General George Armstrong Custer. Using historical documents including Custer’s own writing and stories from the Native American oral tradition, Ambrose builds a sweeping story of two men from very different backgrounds who shared some startling similarities: Both valued personal freedom and individuality, and both held unbreakable beliefs about the future of the country, as settlers and soldiers pushed the native tribes from their homeland. Ambrose’s visceral, up-close character study builds an incredibly detailed picture of the people, policies, and events leading to the battle that changed the face of the American West.
Military historian Ambrose examines the connections between the Indian chief and the cavalry officer who fought at Little Bighorn.
Well written. History that is no longer taught.
Crazy Horse and Custer
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was very educational.
Read much about this phase of America and knew most of it. Good read if one is just starting out.