Book Review: Crazy Horse and Custer by Stephen E. Ambrose

Crazy Horse and CusterCrazy Horse and Custer by Stephen E. Ambrose
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So this is a typical Stephen Ambrose text, in that it is easy to read, if a little verbose at times.

I thoroughly enjoy Ambrose’s work, and this one was much better than Band of Brothers, although there are a number of points where narrative stretches information that may not be entirely factual. The tone of the text never wavers, and it does have that “one-more-page” quality to it that makes it quite an achievement for a historical text.

What I find particularly praiseworthy is Ambrose’s penchant for elaborating to just about the point/depth of disinterest, but pulling the reader back in immediately with an anecdote or side-story that reminds us that this is not simply another history retold, but a masterful storyteller doing the telling. This is an easy one to reccomend, but I do suggest that a prior interest in the subject matter is preferable if not essential to fully embrace this piece of American history.

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