||[28 Jan 2012|07:55am]
Book No. 3 is finished.
I read The Journey of Crazy Horse by Joseph M. Marshall III.
I was a little leary of the outcome after reading that Mr. Marshall is himself a Lakota Indian. I thought it was going to be a book doing nothing but praising Crazy Horse.
Over all, I would have to say I wasn't disappointed. Although he did tell both the good and the bad, but for the most part, Crazy Horse did no wrong and the White Man did all wrong.
One soldier was Indian named Woman Killer Harney because he led an attack where supposedly the US Troops killed many women and children and mutilated their bodies. And yet the very first person Crazy Horse killed was an Indian woman during a raid on another tribe. He of course didn't share that information with his fellow tribesmen.
The author complains that one picture that is projected of Crazy Horse is of warrior that is always looking for a fight, and yet he tells us of a time when Crazy Horse took some young warriors out to attck a Crow tribe to give them some practice. Just a good old guy, huh?
Another annoying thing about the book is he tells the old stories, and then goes back and retells them while analyzing what happened. Couldn't that have been combined instead of telling the stories twice?
I am sure if I was an American Indian, I would love the book.
As a horrible White Man, I would have to give it C. Partly for content and partly for structure.
Book List 2012:
1. Schulz and Peanuts by David Michaelis
2. The Avengers: Too Many Targets by John Peel and Dave Rogers
3. The Journey of Crazy Horse by Joseph M. Marshall III