The Last Stand

The Last Stand

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

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In this riveting narrative, celebrated historian Nathaniel Philbrick reveals Custer and Sitting Bull as never before, creating an unforgettable portrait of two leaders as they embarked on a collision course that reached its violent climax on a lonely rise now known as Last Stand Hill.--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2011
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780143119609
Branch Call Number: 973.82 PHI

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johnbacich
Aug 16, 2017

One of the best books about the last stand. Evan S Connell's Son of the Morning Star may be the best. No one will really know exactly what happened that day because the Indians didn't take prisoners and butchered the wounded, so the only witnesses were the Indians themselves. They were afraid to tell the truth right after the battle and later on may have boasted too much. ( Dozens of Indians claimed they killed Custer, but that no one on that day even knew he'd been there. Forensic evidence turned up after a wildfire there and authors who neither try to lionize Custer nor demonize him like Philbrick and Connell make plausible cases for what did. Had he won that battle, he might have become president.

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skt1cm2l0b3sc
Feb 29, 2016

Somewhat interesting reading. It tells the truth about Custer and all the others involved in this time. In My opinion Custer was stuck up(or Vain). While I may not be an Native American (Indian)person I do agree with them about some things.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 27, 2016

The Battle of Little Big Horn (or Custer's Last Stand) is one of the closest things we have to an American myth. Custer has alternately been lionized for his courage against the savages and demonized for both his military failures and his war against America's indigenous people. Nathan Philbrick, the author of "Mayflower" and "In the Heart of the Sea," tries to get to the facts in this absorbing, well-researched history (History does contain plenty of description of events, "uncommonreader.") that does as good a job as possible of telling both sides of the story. Iconic figures like Custer, Sitting Bull, and Crazy Horse are hard to disentangle from legend, but Philbrick humanizes them and puts them in context. It's an important book about an important part of our history. Some other worthwhile books on Native Americans are "Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee," "Black Elk Speaks," and "The Killing of Crazy Horse."

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Greenblum
Dec 01, 2014

didn't realize how much research and info is out there on this time period of our history. learned so much about the native americans during this time. The ddetails on Custer and some of his peers was eye opening. what drove them. great story all around.

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Bjreader
Jun 25, 2013

A very well balanced and even-handed telling of The Last Stand. I appreciated the inclusion of the Lakota, Arapahoe, Cheyenne and Souix in the retelling of this story. I appreciated Philbrick's research and telling of the story.

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uncommonreader
Aug 02, 2012

This book is simply description; not what history is.

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TacticalMonkey
Mar 30, 2011

A well-researched and thorough book, and a satisfying read. Even-handed, and with a much-needed inclusion of the Cheyenne, Arapahoe, and Lakota viewpoints of the battle.
After so many books have been written on the subject, it's hard to find new things to say, but Philbrick does a great job of finding some fresh perspectives and insights.

Glencoe_Mike Nov 03, 2010

Check out my review on the Glencoe Library Staff Picks site http://glencoelibrarypicks.blogspot.com/2010/11/nathaniel-philbricks-last-stand.html

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Sararush
Jun 23, 2010

The Last Stand is not only comprehensive well rounded study of The Battle of Little Big Horn, but author Nathaniel Philbrick also gives a near exhaustive study of the context surrounding the infamous battle. I was drawn to the book due to my enjoyment of Philbrick's other works, but the subject matter itself was so engaging that I was surprised at how it held my interest. Deftly told in his characteristically gripping style, the details of the story never become tedious or overwhelming, but instead the story is engrossing throughout. Readers are treated to eye witness accounts and analysis, photos, appendices, and maps. The only complaint is that the sheer volume of information leaves little hope of any quality of retention. Many soldiers' lives and battle roles are detailed, the ripple effects of the battles conclusions are thoroughly examined, and we get personal and details of the main player's lives and personalities, etc... However, in my opinion the author shrewdly balanced both sides of the battle without caving to opinion or sacrificing his narrative. Anyone interested in Custer, Sitting Bull or the Battle itself will not finish the book disappointed.

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