This is an earlier work by Stephen E. Ambrose. It is not written in the easy to read, story telling style of his later works, but in a more detailed and academic presentation. It is well documented with numerous notes including numerous map, photographs and drawings.
The book is divided into four parts. Part One is about the early years for both men. It covers Custer’s life from his upbringing as Autie in Ohio to his colorful years and graduation from West Point. It also covers Crazy Horse’s development as Curly into a brave and leader within his tribe.
Part Two covers the gueriila warfare among the Oglalas and Custer’s experience in the Civil War. It outlines the early leadership development and style of both individuals.
Part Three addresses the action on the plains and Custer’s arrival in the west in the years immediately after the civil war. It addresses the battles, broken treaties and the truce that developed during this time.
Part Four deals with the years and circumstances leading up to the Battle of the Little Bighorn. It includes the discovery of gold in the Black Hills, the Panic of 1873 and the political atmosphere at the time both in Washington and in the field. It also covers the events surrounding the death of Crazy Horse and wat happened to the other primary players in the events of that time – Sitting Bull, Libbie Custer, Major Reno, etc.
I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in american western history or the lives of Custer and/or Crazy Horse. A good companion read is The Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbrick.