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The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn Paperback – April 26, 2011
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Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Hurricane's Eye, 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.
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"A carefully historical account that is also a ripping good yarn."
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"Vivid and remarkably fresh...Philbrick has recast the Pilgrims for our age of searching and turmoil."
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"A signal achievement. Philbrick enlightens and even astounds."
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"A breathtaking account of one of history's greatest adventures."
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- Publisher : Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 26, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0143119605
- ISBN-13 : 978-0143119609
- Item Weight : 15.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.51 x 1.06 x 8.43 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #36,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In retrospect, I would have loved to have read this book before I visited the actual site. Our guide pointed out many of the famous locations such as Reno Hill and Weir's Peak. But the names and locales meant little without the background information. Nathanial Philbrick's book is a detailed account of all that went on before, during, and after Custer's Last Stand.
I was well aware of the mistreatment of Indians by the US Government. This book only reinforced that notion. Custer, in particular, was callous and cruel in his total disregard for human life. He thought nothing of killing Indian women and children if it furthered his reputation as an Indian fighter.
Sitting Bull, on the other hand, was a decent person who wanted only to be left alone. He didn't want any government handouts. His refusal to abide by President Grant's ultimatum set things in motion for the Little Bighorn battle.
The battle itself was ill-conceived from the start. Custer's inexperienced soldiers, some of whom had never fired their weapons, were exhausted and in need of sleep before the battle even began. So too were their horses. Custer's decision to attack the Indian encampment even after realizing that he was outnumbered was a fatal mistake.
Custer was an egomaniac. His goal from the outset was to have a battle win that he could then tout during a proposed book tour and a potential run for the Presidency. He didn't care who got killed in the process.
In the end, Custer got what he deserved. He was no hero. Had he simply road his horse into the encampment and talked directly with Sitting Bull, chances are good that he could have achieved his goals without a single loss of life.
After reading the book, I rented the movie Little Big Man. If you really want a deep dive into the Little Bighorn, read Nathaniel Philbrick's book, watch Little Big Man and the documentary American Experience: Last Stand at Little Big Horn. Then get yourself to Montana and take the drive by audio tour of the Little Bighorn.
Stop we did, and the car indicated that it was now even hotter, and I got out and looked around, and happened upon the very chunk of sod where Custer fell and was instantly smitten. And I began to wonder - how did the US 7th Cav get so badly outmatched? What was the role of Crazy Horse? What about Sitting Bull? What was it like to be a common soldier in this situation?
This book answered all of these questions and more. It covered other components of this story, such as the seemingly always on the spot river boat The West.
How Custer got into a leadership role is a mystery. He was reckless beyond measure. He played favorites with his buckskin-clad cool kids while the trips wore government issue. He would not lead in today's 7th Cav.
Custer deserved to get his butt kicked; sadly it went badly for those under his command. He was vain, arrogant, and did not appreciate his shortcomings. Sound familiar?
Get this book and enjoy a darned good story!
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The bias spoilt this book for me which is otherwise well researches - I very much prefer the books by Dee Brown Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee" which I think gives a more balanced perspective.