The Killing of Crazy Horse

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Thomas Powers discusses Crazy Horse, the greatest Indian warrior of the nineteenth century whose victory over General Custer at the battle of Little Bighorn in 1876 was the worst defeat inflicted on the frontier Army. In The Killing of Crazy Horse, Powers pieces together his death, which has remained a controversy for more than a century.


Thomas Powers

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FYI to Leonard Lopate listeners:

There is an Italian anthropologist, Cesare Marino, currently at the Smithsonian, who has just written a wonderful book on one of Garibaldi's soldiers who fought for the Union in the Civil War and who ended up at Little Big Horn.

After fighting for emancipation, Carlo di Rudio was drafted into the battle of Little Bighorn, which, remarkably, he survived.

Di Rudio died in Los Angeles, and is buried in the Presidio in San Francisco.

The name of the book is "From the Piave to Little Bighorn" by Cesare Marino. Mr. Marino has recently teamed up with Reuters journalist Roberto Bonzio to memorialize Di Rudio at the Presidio.

You can watch the video of "Carlo Di Rudio Day" here:

And read an interview with Marino and journalist Bonzio here:

P.S. Lenny, this was another great show, and I'm looking forward to getting the Thomas Powers book. Cesare Marino is a specialist on Native American culture, so his writing on Di Rudio at Little Bighorn is quite nuanced.

Dec. 09 2010 11:00 PM
Roger from Tenn

Although the years have pasted it is plain, that the greed of the white eyes have not changed. I can say this because I am white and this is not something to be proud of.

Dec. 09 2010 11:10 AM
Curtis from New York, NY

Breaking treaties with Indian Nations is not a thing of the past, it is still happening today. Albany has apparently broached the subject of introducing taxation of the Seneca Nation ( This is not, and should not be considered an acceptable practice to try and close our governmental budget shortfalls. Like the commercial says, "Would we expect to tax Canada to cover our budget holes?" This is just wrong to even consider taxing the Seneca Nation. If you agree, please take the time to let our politicians know that you do not agree with this approach to cover our out of control government spending.

Dec. 07 2010 12:54 PM

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