The Killing of Crazy Horse
by Thomas Powers. This was a very good, and detailed, book. It's been a while since I have read a book about
Custer or Crazy Horse, but this one was definitely a good addition to the material out there on the subject.
The account is very personal too, since he interviewed people who had relatives that told them of the incidents
in Crazy Horse's life.
The story doesn't have a happy ending of course. The author's stated intent was to tell the story of the demise of Crazy Horse so that the reader might understand why it happened. I'm not sure I got it. It seemed to me a story of greed, jealousy, and prejudice, both toward the Indians and among the Indians.
The book gives a very clear and readable account of the battles of the Rosebud and Little Bighorn, and the subsequent events that finally led Crazy Horse and his band to surrender at Fort Robinson in the summer of 1877. The book gave the most detailed and intimate personal profile of Crazy Horse that I have ever read. I got a lot out of the book and it put Ft Robinson, Nebraska high on my list of places to visit on my next road-trip out west.