The Last Stand

The Last Stand

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

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The bestselling author of "Mayflower" sheds new light on one of the iconic stories of the American West, reminding readers that the Battle of the Little Bighorn was also, even in victory, the last stand for the Sioux and Cheyenne Indian nations.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010.
ISBN: 9780670021727
0670021725
Branch Call Number: 973.82 Phi
Characteristics: xxii, 466 p., [40] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps, plans ; 24 cm.

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dirtbag1
Apr 26, 2019

Best book on the subject I've read. Well research and includes many different theories about what happened. I've visited the Little Bighorn battle site and found it hard to match Philbricks narrative regarding the terrain. When you're actually there it seems fairly straight forward about how and where things unfolded. We had the chance to meet Ernie Lapointe, Sitting Bulls great grandson the day we were there. He is mentioned in the book and is an authority on the battle. Massive endnotes for those who want more source information.

HCL_staff_reviews Dec 20, 2018

In an attempt to dispel some of the mythology surrounding the battle, Phlibrick revisits the Little Big Horn and the paths that led to the deadly clash of Custer's Seventh Cavalry and the combined camps of Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors. — John K., Eden Prairie Library

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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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