Turn the Stars Upside Down: The Last Days and Tragic Death of Crazy Horse (The Plainsmen Series)

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Turn the Stars Upside Down is the compelling and little-known story of Crazy Horse's surrender in 1877 only months after his last fight with the U.S. Army at Battle Butte, his futile attempts to find peace for his warrior heart among the reservation Indians, and his eventual undoing at the hands of his own Oglala people.

For all his life, this warrior has been a defender of the weak and helpless. But surrounded now on a tiny red island in a sea of white, he finds himself powerless against the forces arrayed against him in what will ultimately be his battle, waged against deceptive army officers, and even against Oglala leaders who whisper, connive, and conspire behind his back to bring about his fall. Even more disastrous will be those friends who once fought at his side against the encroaching white tide--friends who now turn against him, joining his enemies in plotting against this last great hero of the Lakota people.

Award-winning and bestselling frontier author Terry C. Johnston brings all his talent to bear in this tragic tale of betrayal, with all the immediacy and emotion he has so skillfully created in thirty previous novels. No story of the Indian Wars would be complete without this final episode in the short life of Crazy Horse, a story of treachery and deception, but also--ultimately--of the victory of the human spirit.

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No one captures the glory, adventure, and drama of the courageous men and women who tamed the American West like award-winning, bestselling author Terry C. Johnston. His Plainsmen series brims with colorful characters, fierce battles, and compelling historical lore.

LAY THE MOUNTAINS LOW

One man struck fear in the hearts of U.S. soldiers on the frontier like no other:

Crazy Horse, the great Oglala Sioux leader who destroyed Custer at Little Big Horn, fought Crook toe-to-toe at the Rosebud, and outwitted and outran the Cavalry across the windswept plains of his youth. Then, in 1877,with his surrender to a young lieutenant, a new tale of heroism and betrayal would begin. This is the epic story of the last days of Crazy Horse―a man whose name will forever be cloaked in legend.

"Rich and fascinating...There is a genuine flavor of the period and of the men who made it what it was."―Washington Post Book World

About the Author:

Terry Johnston was born on the Kansas plains in 1947 and has lived all his life in the American west. His first novel, Carry the Wind, won the Medicine Pipe Bearer's Award from the Western Writers of America and his subsequent books have appeared in bestseller lists throughout the country. He lives and writes near Billings, Montana. There are over five million copies of Johnston's books in print.

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