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 byrenowned writer Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014), author of the National Book Award-winningThe 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  - Farrell Yancy - Goodreads

An extraordinary telling of the story of Leonard Peltier from a compassionate writer. A new look at the modern American Indian Movement and its war with the FBI. Will make you want to go to war with the Lakota against our government. Read full review

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User Review  - Pam Walter - Goodreads

An excellent retelling of the life of Leonard Peltier. The very grim lives of the Lakota Sioux Indians is documented from the second Wounded Knee incident, to the Shootout at Oglala, which the latter ... 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, includingIn the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Indian Country, and The Snow Leopard, winner of the National Book Award.

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