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: 486
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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. Larry McMurtry says:

      Larry McMurtry was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on June 3, 1936 He is the author of twenty nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two essay collections, and than thirty screenplays His first published book, Horseman, Pass By, was adapted into the film Hud A number of his other novels also were adapted into movies as well as a television mini series.Among many other accolades, in 2006 he was the co winner of both the Best Screenplay Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Brokeback Mountain.

    2 thoughts on “Crazy Horse: A Life

    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 i [...]

    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 re [...]

    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 [...]

    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 pret [...]

    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 [...]

    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 wh [...]

    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 [...]

    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 Rushmore. Refreshingly, McMurtry immediately confesse [...]

    9. This was an interesting biography. McMurtry doesn't so much tell the story of Crazy Horse's life (which, he repeatedly emphasizes, is more 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 bo [...]

    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 [...]

    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 no [...]

    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 [...]

    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 th [...]

    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 [...]

    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. McMur [...]

    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 more 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 betraya [...]

    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 more 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, writt [...]

    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 more. 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 [...]

    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 b [...]

    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 kn [...]

    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 more 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 [...]

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