In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

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Penguin Books, 1992 - History - 646 pages
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An “indescribably touching, extraordinarily intelligent" (Los Angeles Times Book Review) chronicle of a fatal gun-battle between FBI agents and American Indian Movement activists by renowned writer Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014), author of the National Book Award-winning The Snow Leopard and the new novel In Paradise
On a hot June morning in 1975, a desperate shoot-out between FBI agents and Native Americans near Wounded Knee, South Dakota, left an Indian and two federal agents dead. Four members of the American Indian Movement were indicted on murder charges, and one, Leonard Peltier, was convicted and is now serving consecutive life sentences in a federal penitentiary. Behind this violent chain of events lie issues of great complexity and profound historical resonance, brilliantly explicated by Peter Matthiessen in this controversial book. Kept off the shelves for eight years because of one of the most protracted and bitterly fought legal cases in publishing history, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse reveals the Lakota tribe’s long struggle with the U.S. government, and makes clear why the traditional Indian concept of the earth is so important at a time when increasing populations are destroying the precious resources of our world.


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User Review  - Jeff Daiell - Goodreads

Step-by-step, you follow the victimization of the American Indians persecuted by an over-bearing, out-of-control Federal Government. It really brings home the point that giving power to the central ... Read full review

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User Review  - Charles Johnson - Goodreads

This is an excellent book on the plight of the Native Americans. The book is not necessarily written from a Christian perspective, however, it is excellent, especially the details on the Lakota. Read full review


THIEVES ROAD The Oglala Lakota 18351965
THE UPSIDEDOWN FLAG The American Indian Movement 196873
TO WOUNDED KNEE FebruaryMay 1973

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Peter Matthiessen was the cofounder of the Paris Review and is the author of numerous works of nonfiction, including In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Indian Country, and The Snow Leopard, winner of the National Book Award.

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