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Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors (original: 1975; edição: 1996)

de Stephen E. Ambrose (Autor)

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The full story of what led Crazy Horse and Custer to that fateful day at the Little Bighorn, from bestselling historian Stephen E. Ambrose.   On the sparkling morning of June 25, 1876, 611  U.S. Army soldiers rode toward the banks of the Little Bighorn in the Montana Territory, where 3,000 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 of the Seventh Cavalry. Both were men of aggression and supreme courage. Both had become leaders in their societies at very early ages; both had been stripped of power, and in disgrace had 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.… (mais)
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Título:Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors
Autores:Stephen E. Ambrose (Autor)
Informação:Anchor (1996), Edition: 1st Anchor Books trade pbk. ed, 560 pages
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Military historian Ambrose examines the connections between the Indian chief and the cavalry officer. Typical Ambrose! Whatever your opinion about Custer, it won't change with this book. The text quantity seems to favor Custer, but there's not much written about Crazy Horse from that time, so most of Ambrose's statements are about typical Sioux life. Ambrose is particularly good about describing the intramural Indian conflict that likely put them where they are today....in addition to a technology gap,, .warring for glory and failure to follow leadership in a meaningful way. Custer's arrogance also comes out and at the academy, he epitomizes: "If the minimum weren't the minimum, it wouldn't be the minimum." Great gook comparing the two warriors and their cultures. ( )
  buffalogr | Aug 23, 2020 |
Not much new in the Custer and Crazy Horse showdown. What I particularly like about Stephen Ambrose is his ability to give a sense of the contemporary time. In this particular case, Custer’s fame with the public based on his Civil War exploits, which ended up putting him back in charge of the Seventh Cavalry. Moving back and forth between events in their lives works out plot-wise for the inevitable conclusion.
  mtbass | Dec 20, 2019 |
One of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors.
  resuttor76 | Apr 17, 2017 |
Although this book has been around for a long time, I had never read it until recently. Of course, anything written by Stephen Ambrose is top-notch, and this book is no exception. He uses the interesting approach of narrating the lives of these two leaders in parallel even though they never met until the end of Custer's life. Crazy Horse, of course, was also brutally killed within a year after Custer's death. ( )
  proflinton | Sep 11, 2014 |
I picked this book up at a book festival in town that must deal in overstock. I've been to Mt Rushmore and seen the in-progress Crazy Horse monument, but really knew nothing about the man other than that he was some sort of hero. I also didn't know much of anything about Custer, aside of he was a prominent commander in the Civil War and against the Natives. I wasn't especially interested in him (people who senselessly murder those just trying to live (and excelling at it) really don't interest me much) but I did want to know about Crazy Horse, so I figured what the heck, knowing history is never a bad thing.

So. I did enjoy reading this and picking up some history.

However. I would be reluctant to pick up any more of Mr Ambrose's work, as personally, I found his opinions towards the Natives to be rather disturbing. Other people don't seem to have had this same issue with it, judging from some reviews I've read; however there were several instances where he asserts that the American people/military should not be blamed for what they did, and who knows what future would have been in store for the Natives had these events not occurred. Frankly, such bogus statements are quite upsetting to me, and I had trouble making myself continue reading after he spouted off things like this. For one thing, a historian should not be making such ridiculously biased statements as that. And for another, there is never an excuse for senseless huge-scale slaughter & massacre. The only thing to do in the face of such incidences is to own them, admit that they were terrible times in history that should never be repeated, and hopefully learn the lesson - do not repeat the atrocities! Denial of such blatant wrongdoing is just pathetic.

The book had a lot of detail about the Custer, but less about Crazy Horse. Obviously given the differences in culture, that isn't surprising. However, yet again Ambrose seems awfully biased, in that, while he does mention some less than stellar qualities of Custer, he still paints him overall as a great shining hero. This attitude was largely perpetuated back in Custer's era, but these days a much mroe critical look is generally taken with regard to his actions.

I did think it was an interesting read, no issue of being dry. Ambrose covered their lives from essentially birth until death, detailing what went on in each of their worlds at the time. While most of it is educated speculation regarding Crazy Horse, we do at least get a decent idea of what was going on at the time, presented in an entertaining manner. ( )
  .Monkey. | Sep 5, 2012 |
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The full story of what led Crazy Horse and Custer to that fateful day at the Little Bighorn, from bestselling historian Stephen E. Ambrose.   On the sparkling morning of June 25, 1876, 611  U.S. Army soldiers rode toward the banks of the Little Bighorn in the Montana Territory, where 3,000 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 of the Seventh Cavalry. Both were men of aggression and supreme courage. Both had become leaders in their societies at very early ages; both had been stripped of power, and in disgrace had 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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