Today is the birthday of Oglala Sioux military leader Crazy Horse (12/4/1849 - 9/5/1877), of Little Bighorn fame.
"Sandoz displayed an exquisite sensitivity to the spiritual and cultural impact of landscape and topography, and intensely conveyed the emotional, psychological, and religious universe of the Plains Indians. . . . That sensitivity makes this, the most accomplished biography of Crazy Horse and one of the best and most moving books ever written about the American West, a strange, often unsettling work."—Benjamin Schwarz, Atlantic Monthly.
The interviews collected in this book describe in stark detail the surrender and death of Crazy Horse from the perspective of Indian and mixed-blood contemporaries.
Eyewitness accounts combine to give The Killing of Chief Crazy Horse all the starkness and horror of classical tragedy.