Master storyteller Larry McMurtry, most famous for the Lonesome Dove books, wrote this very slim biography of Crazy Horse, the Sioux warrior who battled against the U.S. Army to keep his people free but ultimately decided they had to surrender. McMurtry begins by describing the monument that is still being built to Crazy Horse in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Other scholars have written biographies of Crazy Horse hundreds of pages long. McMurtry scoffs at this idea, pointing out right away that Crazy Horse spent only a few months of his life among people who wrote. There simply is not a lot of accurate information about the man. Historians don't even really know for sure which battles he took part in.
McMurtry describes the traditional life of the Sioux and how he claimed white people impinged on their land and way of life. He writes about Crazy Horse's short time living near a reservation and his death, at the hands of other Native Americans.
This report prepared by Ann Gaines