Book cover of Crazy Horse and Custer: Born Enemies

Crazy Horse and Custer: Born Enemies



Publisher & Publication Year

Abrams, 2021

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SD Nelson (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe)

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In 1876, Lakota chief Crazy Horse helped lead his people’s resistance against the white man’s invasion of the northern Great Plains. One of the leaders of the invading US military forces was Army Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer. The men had long been enemies, and at the height of the war, they crossed paths for the last time. Their opposing destinies culminated in the infamous Battle of the Greasy Grass, as the Lakota called it, or the Battle of the Little Bighorn, as it was called by the Euro-Americans.

Notable Achievements


Publishers Weekly: "A mixture of historic photos and paintings augment the text, while the author’s ledger-style drawings—rendered in ink, colored pencils, and acrylic paint—successfully honor Lakota artwork of the late 1880s."

Kirkus Reviews: "Nelson’s ledger-style drawings combine with archival photographs and paintings to add drama to the already-gripping text... Historic nonfiction that reads like an adventure novel."

Booklist: "Nelson's original art, done in the style of early Lakota ledger drawings, captivates... An exemplary history."

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