Roundtable features book on Crazy Horse

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI) – The Center for the Study of War and Society at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the final session of its spring roundtable discussions at 6:30 p.m. May 11 at the downtown Hattiesburg branch of the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County.

This month's book, "Crazy Horse: A Life," is a biography of Crazy Horse, the Sioux warrior who battled against the U.S. Army to keep his people free. Written by Larry McMurtry, this book debunks the myths about Crazy Horse and exposes the essence of this legendary warrior, profiled as "a brilliant and ascetic warrior-hero whose life summarizes the Native American tragedy during the late nineteenth century."

The life of Crazy Horse is a window on several aspects of American history in the mid- to late-nineteenth century, said Dr. Heather Stur, assistant professor of history and a fellow in the Center for the Study of War and Society.

"His story highlights the complexity of diplomatic relations between the U.S. government and various Native American tribes with their own individual interests, cultural misunderstandings between the U.S. Army and tribal forces, and the ways in which hubris can cause the downfall of strong men," she said.

This book ends the center's year-long examination of the lives of historic figures titled "The Human Face of War: A Year of Memoir and Biography."

Copies of the book are available for loan at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County. The War and Society Roundtable meets every month through May, and meetings are free and open to the public. The Center for the Study of War and Society serves as a local, national, and international resource for the study of the history of warfare at the social, economic, political, cultural and military levels.

For more information on the roundtable, contact Sean Farrell at the Library at 601.584.3166; or Dr. Kyle Zelner at Southern Miss at 601.266.6196 or e-mail

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