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  • Paperback
  • 688 pages
  • In the Spirit of Crazy Horse
  • Peter Matthiessen
  • English
  • 01 March 2014
  • 9780140144567

10 thoughts on “In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

  1. Liz Muñoz Liz Muñoz says:

    This book really affected me It made me angry at the injustice that happened to these people Mattiessen really did his research for this book It's a detailed account of the incident at Wounded Knee in the 70's AIM American Indian Movement and the trials that followed thereafter Thankfully the FBI lost in it's attempt to prevent this book from being published It's an important book and we have the right to learn about the attrocities committed against the Native Americans I feel strongly that this should be reuired reading in high school This is not an easy read but will definitely keep you interested I also recommend watching the documentary Incident at Oglala The Leonard Pelteir Story


  2. Socraticgadfly Socraticgadfly says:

    Free Leonard PeltierWhy?Well you have to read this book but here's a synopsis that nobody but the most diehard 1970s FBI defender can try to denyMatthiessen documents years of FBI spying on the American Indian Movement including turning insiders coupled with intimidation tactics and Often the FBI in South Dakota was working if not hand in hand at least on parallel tracks in this thuggery with folks such as a corrupt Pine Ridge Indian Reservation leadership then Attorney General and now disgraced former Congressman Bill Janklow BIA cops and While Matthiesen looks at bits and pieces of AIM's history elsewhere he focuses on Pine Ridge and its Sioux as this area through things such as a temporary takeover of Mount Rush was a center of AIM activityIn trials related to the events in and around Pine Ridge FBI agents repeatedly intimidated witnesses into changing testimony coached witnesses sprung last minute surprise witnesses at trials which is against the law if you didn't know suborned perjury and otherwise made a mockery of justiceThings reached a climax June 26 1975 when two FBI agents approached the Jumping Bull property on the Pine Ridge Reservation ostensibly looking for Jimmy Eagle on a weapons charge According to all Indian accounts the two agents began opening fire on the propertyBoth were eventually shot in a return of fire They were later killed at close rangeAfter three other AIM leaders at the site were all acuitted of murder charges in the FBI agents' deaths the FBI appeared determined to hang the case on Peltier by any legal or illegal means possibleAided by a viciously biased judge giving one sided bench rulings the government did exactly thatRead how things reached this point what AIM's grievances were how the FBI infiltrated them and But above all read the story of Leonard Peltier both before and after his convictionIs Leonard Peltier a political prisoner? Read this book and decide for yourself


  3. Evan Evan says:

    Sioux at Standing Rock defending their land against big oil and their State minion armies circa 2016 So you think shit has changed? Elegant passionate investigative muckraking in the grand style messy gnarly informative memorable and anger inducing This is a sweeping detailed novelistic tour de force that raises uestions than it answers and sometimes has you uestioning the author's veracity while at the same time having you shaking your head in agreement over his findings and conclusions In investigating the state's case against Leonard Peltier and his cohorts Matthiessen presents a disgraceful historical litany of the underlying causes of American Indian anger This book ends on an enigmatic and somewhat unsatisfactory note but in getting there is a mind massaging and unforgettable journey and should be reuired reading for all AmericansKevinRKY read in 2008; reviewed retrospectively and regrettably without benefit of detail in 2016


  4. Dan Dan says:

    In the Spirit of Crazy Horse is one of the best non fiction books that I have read The story is a volatile cocktail of violence poverty intimidation and historical oppression And then when the FBI gets involved the problems only escalate from there This book logs in at nearly 800 pages The first 200 pages are slow going and uite unnecessary if you already have background on modern Sioux history and the American Indian Movement The story really gains traction with the events in the summer of 1975 surrounding the tragic shooout between FBI agents and Leonard Peltier and his associates These events on the Pine Ridge Reservation are the central focus of the remainder of the book continuing right through the epilogue and afterword This book was uite controversial when it was released in 1983 and for many decades since The author Peter Matthiessen was certainly sympathetic to the members of the American Indian Movement He was even sued by the governor of South Dakota and FBI agents because of the unflattering light in which they were portrayed All of the claims of libel against Matthiessen were eventually dismissed after years of litigation Following the dismissal of the libel suits books could be sold again and by the 1990's the book and events were covered in some depth by the major networks Why is this book is so riveting? First off Matthiessen is a phenomenal writer pure and simple Secondly Matthiessen incorporates a large amount of first hand research and uotes He interviewed everybody associated with the American Indian movement and those witnesses of the tragic events Lastly Matthiessen lays a seemingly exhaustive set of facts out there for the reader to interpret Ultimately Matthiessen states his belief in Leonard Peltier's innocence Few people today contest whether the FBI fabricated evidence but I don't share the same view that Peltier is innocent nor did I buy the concocted story of Mr X When the FBI accuses you of murder it's best to not try and pin it on a Mr X and refuse to provide his identity The fundamental themes of this book center on oppression dispossession and aggression Regarding the latter there is an FBI agent the one who later sues the author who describes why law enforcement uses overwhelming force in dealing with these movements even though this is almost certainly going to lead to violence A force of 200 law enforcement vs 30 suspects may seem overwhelming to a lay person but he says they want 1000 men because no FBI agent wants to die for just doing their job So you see this life and death tug of war play out between law enforcement against an aggrieved people some of whom have very checkered pasts To a large degree that is what makes this book so riveting It is about multiple miscarriages of justice The situation evokes sympathy for FBI agents and their families in a no win situation and then their predictable reactions when there are no willing eyewitnesses who come forward regarding the executions The story evokes sympathy for people who live on a reservation with murder rates far exceeding the worst American cities The story evokes sympathy for the plight of Native Americans when the US government does not live up to its treaties and commits the same sins of aggressions like those at Wounded Knee nearly a hundred years earlier In summary it's a thought provoking book by an author who is honest about where his sympathies lie


  5. Sean Kottke Sean Kottke says:

    This saga of the conflict between the US government and Native Americans picks up where Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee leaves off and makes the critical point that as excellent as that earlier book is contemporary readers might get a false sense of complacency from it that we live in a enlightened age and the struggles exist in the past This book which focuses mainly on the events surrounding the shootout on the Pine Ridge reservation in 1975 and the story of Leonard Peltier serves as a strong corrective to that Ironically the current edition contributes to that impression by ending on a positive note After 16 years in prison Leonard Peltier's case received increased media attention and the book ends with optimistic visions of a long struggle finally coming to an end However the book's coverage ends in 1991 Twenty years later Leonard Peltier is still in prison and his defense committee hasn't produced a fresh newsletter or blog post in over three years The only thing new on their website is a ticker that updates every second to document his total time of imprisonment 13040 as of today


  6. J. J. says:

    I read this book in 1992 as part of a graduate American Indian Law seminar conducted at the University of Colorado Denver UCD with Dr Glenn Morris the head of the Denver chapter of AIM as the instructor It was one of than several books used in the seminar but certainly for me one of the memorable and influential Also the now infamous Dr Ward Churchill was a guest instructor on several occasions He never represented himself as a Tribal member and although the courts have uestioned his ancestry and his scholarship having been in the classroom with him I would not uestion his intellectual endowment He struck this observer as a thoughtful and brilliant man however you might feel about his ideas The book inspired me greatly and as a result I have had the good fortune to have worked with tribal governments since 1995 leading and conducting government to government consultations to the present day with hundreds of consultations completed I've visited Pine Ridge SD numerous times and all the other reservations in the book which frankly has been a dream come true I highly recommend the book and I believe whatever side of the argument you fall on you will find the book thoughtful and entertaining and perhaps even inspiring


  7. Karis North Karis North says:

    Detailed almost to the point of excrutiating but overall excellent recitation of the events leading up to the killing of 2 FBI agents in Oglala on the Pine Ridge Reservation Matthiesen's research is painstaking and once I realized how the book was organized it made sense and I could follow it he hides his explanation in the notes for each section The facts are incredibly convoluted and there are so many layers to what happened Matthiesen does a pretty good job of tryin to sort it all out I'm not sure I'm convinced of Peltier's innocence but I certainly believe that justice was miscarried in the desparate acts of the FBI and the office of the US Attorney to get vengance for the killings


  8. Gary Butler Gary Butler says:

    33rd book read in 2017Number 339 out of 598 on my all time book list


  9. Chinook Chinook says:

    This is the longest audiobook I've listened to so far and I'm glad it occurred to me to speed it up a bit because I was enjoying the information provided but it was starting to drag on a bit long and the library hold was about to expire for the second time I think this is a good book for everyone to better understand the background to the No DAPL movement The connection isn't made until much later in the book but it's eventually suggested that the attempts by the FBI to disrupt AIM and liken them to communists was driven by land grabs for resources especially related to power production It also ties into a lot of he work being done right now to show the abuses by police and courts against innocent suspects that was made popular by Serial I found the background to the book being suppressed by court cases fascinating as well


  10. Suzanne Arcand Suzanne Arcand says:

    How one talk about a book that is so bias and so necessary? The author Peter Matthiessen does not pretend to be objective but admits up front that this book was written to right a grievous injusticeAn injustice that didn’t start with the incident in Oglala in which three people were killed an Indian and two FBI agents who were shot at close range and of whose death Leonard Peltier has been held responsible and for which he is still doing time While this incident and the “frame up” of Leonard Peltier are the obvious subjects of the book the author puts them in context by going back to the Wounded Knee massacre and the decades of injustice that lead to this 1975 shoot out To understand even just a little the frame of mind of the Indian protagonists one as to walk a little in their shoes and this is what Mathiessen does by telling of the oppression the injustice and the poverty that has been their lotReading this book I could not help being moved by the strength and leadership of the AIM leaders who had decided that they had enough In front of such injustice they showed a lot of discipline Mathiessien doesn’t make them out to be saints He shows them with their flaws and all but he always portray them with compassionThe author did a very thorough research and in his effort to show us the context and clear Peltier’s name he goes into minute details about the lives of the protagonists the incident of 1975 itself and the trial So much so that I had difficulties at times following the different characters especially when the book moves back and forth in time but at other times the book reads like a legal thrillerWhen I closed the book felt that I knew these people better and I wanted to learn about what happened to them since the book was published I also wanted to know about the life and death of Annie May Auash who is one of the major women characters in this book Was I convinced about Peltier’s innocence? Not necessarily but I was convinced that there was ground for a new trialAs with any book discussing the plight to the North American Indian I can’t help feeling guilty I am descendant of the people who took their land and the prosperity of my people was founded on pillage and genocide of their ancestors There is also the fact that I live in a country Canada where there are pockets of people living in third world conditions and that a lot of those people are from the First Nation A book such as “In the Spirit of Crazy Horse” is still necessary thirty years after it was published because over and over again Indians have been victims of racism and injustice Even as I’m writing the authorities and the public are showing cruel indifference the hundred of aboriginal women who have gone missing in CanadaAs Dino Butler wrote We must always fight for what we believe in We must never tire in our fight It does not really matter how we fight what matters is what we are fighting forSo for the scope of the book and its righteous aim I give it four stars


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About the Author: Peter Matthiessen

Peter Matthiessen is Spirit of PDF ↠ the author of than thirty books and the only writer to win the National Book Award for both non fiction The Snow Leopard in two categories in and and fiction Shadow Country in A co founder of The Paris Review and a world renowned naturalist explorer and activist he died in April .