CRAZY HORSE by Shannon Garst
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This is an unusually fine fictionalized biography of the heroic Indian leader, Crazy Horse, who led his Sioux people against the white men who were ravaging Indian land, exploiting peaceful tribes and pushing the Indians from the land they believed was given to them by the Great Spirit. Crazy Horse as a boy overcomes an early feeling of inferiority because of his white skin, receives a promise of future greatness in a vision quest, and finally becomes a fighting leader of his people, harassing the invading white men and accomplishing great victories by reorganizing the individualistic fighting methods of his Indian warriors. Crazy Horse appears as a wise, good man devoted to the cause of his people during the white man's trek westward to California for gold and land. This is an excellent antidote for the many mediocre westerns in which the Indians are sketched as savages without rights and without dignity. A dramatic, exciting story with a feeling for the period.

Pub Date: Feb. 15th, 1950
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin