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    DescriptionOn June 25, 1876, 611 men of the United States 7th Cavalry rode towards the banks of the Little Bighorn where three thousand Indians stood waiting for battle. The lives of two great war leaders would soon become forever linked: Crazy Horse, leader of the Oglala Sioux, and General George Armstrong Custer. This masterly dual biography tells the epic story of the lives of these two men: both were fighters of legendary daring, both became honoured leaders in their societies when still astonishingly young, and both died when close to the supreme political heights. Yet they - like the nations they represented - were as different as day and night. Custer had won his spurs in the American Civil War; his watchword was 'To promotion - or death!' and his restless ambition characterized a white nation in search of expansion and progress. Crazy Horse fought for a nomadic way of life fast yielding before the buffalo-hunters and the incursions of the white man. The Great Plains of North America provided the stage - and the prize.


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    Title
    Crazy Horse and Custer
    Subtitle
    The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen E. Ambrose
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 560
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 396 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780743468640
    ISBN 10: 0743468643
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL, BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK, JWD
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27470
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036040
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JH
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 973.820922
    LC classification: E467
    Thema V1.0: DNBH, NHK, JWCD
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    b&w illustrations
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    POCKET BOOKS
    Publication date
    02 June 2003
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Stephen E. Ambrose, leading World War II historian, was the author of numerous books on history including the Number 1 bestselling BAND OF BROTHERS, D-DAY (on which SAVING PRIVATE RYAN was based) PEGASUS BRIDGE and WILD BLUE. He is founder of the Eisenhower Center and the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans. He died in 2002.
    Review quote
    "Movingly told and well written . . . a fine contribution, one that will be read with pleasure and admiration by general reader, student and scholar alike. Ambrose has breathed new life into the familiar facts."--"Library Journal" "An epic and accurate retelling of one of our country's most tragic periods."--"Baltimore Sun"
    Review text
    The two great warriors who led their men at Little Bighorn may have championed opposing causes, but their lives had a remarkable amount in common. Both spent idyllic childhoods, developed aggressive willpower and ambition, fell into disgrace through unlikely romances, and regained glory even stronger than before. And both were on the brink of attaining great political power before meeting ignominious deaths. Yet for all the similarities, the personalities of Sioux chief Crazy Horse and US 7th Cavalry leader General George Armstrong Custer could scarcely have been more different. And, as Stephen Ambrose reveals in this classic study first published in 1975, neither man has been represented well by Hollywood and pulp writers. Ambrose tells the story of the two in parallel chapters, from earliest childhood to death. What emerges through contemporary records and from turn-of-the-century accounts of people who knew the men is a tale that reveals much about the mindset on both sides of the pioneering divide. Custer epitomised his society's insatiable appetite for progress and expansion. His favourite phrase was, 'To promotion - or death.' If this seems to bear out the common perception of the man as a reckless gambler, then it does him no justice. Custer was an intelligent and shrewd individual with high moral values. The same can be said of Crazy Horse, who rose against the odds to lead a great people in the fight for a right to their nomadic way of life. Both Crazy Horse and Custer were noble in their respective styles. As in his bestselling books D-Day and Citizen Soldiers, Ambrose evokes a great sense of time and place and pitches his readers into the heat of battle. You can't help but take sides, and though the outcome of the biggest battle of all - Little Bighorn - is well known, Ambrose packs in a wealth of detail that is not generally known. The result is an epic tale of courage as well as a moving portrait of two great men, and it comes with stunning photographs. (Kirkus UK)