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The Last Stand

Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

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Description

"An engrossing and tautly written account of a critical chapter in American history." -Los Angeles Times

Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea, Pulitzer Prize finalist Mayflower,and Valiant Ambition, is a historian with a unique ability to bring history to life. The Last Stand is Philbrick's monumental reappraisal of the epochal clash at the Little Bighorn in 1876 that gave birth to the legend of Custer's Last Stand. Bringing a wealth of new information to his subject, as well as his characteristic literary flair, Philbrick details the collision between two American icons- George Armstrong Custer and Sitting Bull-that both parties wished to avoid, and brilliantly explains how the battle that ensued has been shaped and reshaped by national myth.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 22, 2010 – Philbrick here takes on an oft-told tale, replete with its dashing, flawed main character, its historically doomed, noble Native chief, and a battlefield strewn with American corpses. While off his usual stride with a surfeit of unnecessary detail, bestselling author and National Book Award winner Philbrick (In the Heart of the Sea; The Mayflower) writes a lively narrative that brushes away the cobwebs of mythology to reveal the context and realities of Custer's unexpected 1876 defeat at the hands of his Indian enemies under Sitting Bull, and the character of each leader. Judicious in his assessments of events and intentions, Philbrick offers a rounded history of one of the worst defeats in American military history, a story enhanced by his minute examination of the battle's terrain and interviews with descendants in both camps. Distinctively, too, he takes no sides. In his compelling history, Philbrick underscores the pyrrhic nature of Sitting Bull's victory it was followed by federal action to move his tribe to a reservation. 32 pages of b&w photos, 18 pages of color photos, 18 maps.

Customer Reviews

Love the book.

I love the book, but how hard is it to include the photos from the book with the digitized version? I have many other books that have the photos also. Bummer on this one. At least give a link to a website or something. The maps are there. Why not the photos? 5 Stars if it had them.

The Last Stand

Probably the best book about the battle of the Little Big Horn on June 25, 1876. this book is well researched and is not burdened with a lot of revisionist history political correctness that has colored many other books about this subject. A great read.

The Last Stand

This is a fabulous read! Normally, this period of history and particularly this event would not be of any interest to me but the the author does a great job of building the characters while also making a known topic suspenseful. I couldn't put it down. Now, I want to see the site firsthand.

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  • $13.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: United States
  • Published: May 04, 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 496 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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