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The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

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Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Mayflower, has written a gripping history of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Cinematic in scope and deft in characterization, The Last Stand captures a defining moment in our nation's past. It's history at its finest.
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Publisher Comments:

The bestselling author of Mayflower sheds new light on one of the iconic stories of the American West.

Little Bighorn and Custer are names synonymous in the American imagination with unmatched bravery and spectacular defeat. Mythologized as Custer's Last Stand, the June 1876 battle has been equated with other famous last stands, from the Spartans' defeat at Thermopylae to Davy Crockett at the Alamo.

In his tightly structured narrative, Nathaniel Philbrick brilliantly sketches the two larger-than-life antagonists: Sitting Bull, whose charisma and political savvy earned him the position of leader of the Plains Indians, and George Armstrong Custer, one of the Union's greatest cavalry officers and a man with a reputation for fearless and often reckless courage. Philbrick reminds readers that the Battle of the Little Bighorn was also, even in victory, the last stand for the Sioux and Cheyenne Indian nations. Increasingly outraged by the government's Indian policies, the Plains tribes allied themselves and held their ground in southern Montana. Within a few years of Little Bighorn, however, all the major tribal leaders would be confined to Indian reservations.

Throughout, Philbrick beautifully evokes the history and geography of the Great Plains with his characteristic grace and sense of drama. The Last Stand is a mesmerizing account of the archetypal story of the American West, one that continues to haunt our collective imagination.

Review:

"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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

This history of the Battle of the Little Bighorn reads like a novel. Biographical sketches of the major players, Sitting Bull, General George Armstrong Custer, Libby Custer, Major Marcus Reno, Captain Frederick Benteen, Crazy Horse, and Wooden Leg, are interspersed with flashbacks and action sequences which move the narrative along at a fast clip. The volume includes several maps and photographs and is extensively sourced. Appendixes list the members of the Seventh Cavalry and Sitting Bull's village on June 25, 1886. Readers interested in the history of the American West will appreciate this work. Philbrick is a bestselling nonfiction author. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

From the author of the New York Times-bestseller In the Heart of the Sea and the award-winning Sea of Glory comes this chronicle of the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Synopsis:

With a fantastic body of work that includes In the Heart of the Sea and Pulitzer Prize finalist Mayflower, Nathaniel Philbrick has emerged as 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.

About the Author

Nathaniel Philbrick, is a leading authority on the history of Nantucket Island. His In the Heart of the Sea won the National Book Award. His latest book is Sea of Glory, about the epic U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842. His other books include Away off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602-1890 (which Russell Baker called "indispensable") and Abram's Eyes: The Native American Legend of Nantucket Island ("a classic of historical truthtelling," according to Stuart Frank, director of the Kendall Whaling Museum).

He has appeared on NBC Today Weekend, A&E's Biography series, and National Public Radio and has served as a consultant for the movie Moby Dick, shown on the USA Network. He received a bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Master of Arts in American Literature from Duke. He lives on Natucket with his wife and two children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670021727
Subtitle:
Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
Author:
Philbrick, Nathaniel
Publisher:
Viking Books
Subject:
Little bighorn, battle of the, mont., 1876
Subject:
Sitting Bull
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
United States - Reconstruction Period (1865-1877)
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Edition Description:
B-Hardcover
Series:
Penguin History American Life
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1 lb
Age Level:
18-17

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Product details 496 pages Viking Books - English 9780670021727 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Mayflower, has written a gripping history of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Cinematic in scope and deft in characterization, The Last Stand captures a defining moment in our nation's past. It's history at its finest.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , From the author of the New York Times-bestseller In the Heart of the Sea and the award-winning Sea of Glory comes this chronicle of the Battle of Little Bighorn.
"Synopsis" by , With a fantastic body of work that includes In the Heart of the Sea and Pulitzer Prize finalist Mayflower, Nathaniel Philbrick has emerged as 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.
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