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

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I expect that nearly all of us are familiar with the tale Little
Bighorn, it’s the stuff of childhood tails of cowboys and Indians. Many
of us know the familiar names; George Armstrong Custer & Sitting
Bull. However in “The Last Stand” we’re introduced to the men behind
the names. We learn of the fiercely independent Sitting Bull who made a
name for himself at the age of 14 when he led fellow Lakota warriors
into battle against the Crow. We learn of a General Custer who was
equally obsessed with taming the west as he was with his own
self-promotion. Custer seemed just as concerned about a speaking tour,
planned for the weeks after the battle of Little Bighorn, as he was with
the Battle itself. More than anything else we learn, as Philbrick said
himself, “that nothing ended at the Little Bighorn”. This is Philbrick
at his best!

— Matt

Arrogance is often thought of as a good quality to have when going into battle. If George Armstrong Custer could offer advice posthumously, I think he would disagree. The battle at the Little Bighorn proves you need to take a step back and digest all of the information coming your way, no matter how famous you think you are. Like the great Sitting Bull. Excellent read, very informative and a great narrative on a piece of American history. I highly recommend The Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbrick for all those history lovers and adventure seekers wishing to make their mark on America's history.

— From Kristin


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

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.

About the Author

Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of In the Heart of the Sea, winner of the National Book Award; Mayflower, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Bunker Hill, winner of the New England Book Award; Sea of Glory; The Last Stand; Why Read Moby Dick?; and Away Off Shore. He lives in Nantucket. His new book, Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution, will be published in May 2016.

Praise For…

"An engrossing, thoughtfully researched, and tautly written account of a critical chapter ni American history."
--Los Angeles Times

"An evocative and cinematic narrative."
--The New York Times

"A carefully historical account that is also a ripping good yarn."
--The Wall Street Journal

Praise for Mayflower, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History

"Vivid and remarkably fresh...Philbrick has recast the Pilgrims for our age of searching and turmoil."
The New York Times Book Review

"A signal achievement. Philbrick enlightens and even astounds."

Praise for Sea of Glory, winner of the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize

"Brilliantly told...has to be among the best nonfiction books of this or any other year."
Los Angeles Time Book Review

"A breathtaking account of one of history's greatest adventures."
Entertainment Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780143119609
ISBN-10: 0143119605
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: April 26th, 2011
Pages: 496
Language: English


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