In the Spirit of Crazy Horse: The Story of Leonard Peltier and the FBI's War on the American Indian Movement (Paperback)

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By Peter Matthiessen, Martin Garbus (Afterword by)
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Taken off the shelves originally because of the controvercy it incited,
this meticulously researched book is key to understanding the crisis of
modern Native Americans and what their future holds. Heartbreaking,
violent, and harrowing as it is, it is something that we, in Indian
country, must be made aware of in order to stop the atrocities that take
place even today.

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— ben


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 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.

About the Author

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780140144567
ISBN-10: 0140144560
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: March 1992
Pages: 688
Language: English