cover image Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse

Judith St George. Putnam Publishing Group, $17.95 (180pp) ISBN 978-0-399-22667-0

The legendary Sioux warrior Crazy Horse is usually remembered for leading the party that killed Custer, but this vivid biography is sure to expand popular perception beyond that single role. St. George's (Dear Dr. Bell...Your Friend, Helen Keller) portrait includes not only pertinent historical information about Crazy Horse's dealings with the dishonest U.S. military but fascinating details about his personal life as well. She talks of his disastrous love affair with a married woman, his determination to preserve the Sioux nation, his strong friendship with U.S. lieutenant Caspar Collins and his death, brought about by the jealousy of fellow tribal leaders. Thoroughly researched and filled with passion, the action-packed narrative communicates the author's admiration for her subject. Her attention to detail raises the book above the usual level of biography to forge a lasting image of an American hero and the people he loved. Ages 11-14. (Oct.)