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

5 Ratings: 4.6
A book by Nathaniel Philbrick

Starred 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 … see full wiki

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Author: Nathaniel Philbrick
Genre: History
Publisher: Viking Adult
5 reviews about The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and...
review by . July 27, 2010
"Custer had always lived life at a frenetic pace. He thrived on sensation. Whether it was courting Libbie in the midst of the Civil War, learning taxidermy during his first expedition in the northern plains, or writing his articles while surrounded by his dogs and listening to his band, he needed to be in the midst of an often self-created uproar. But by the night of June 21, at the age of thirty-six, Custer was finding it difficult to marshal the old enthusiasm."    Burdened …
review by . June 10, 2010
Nathaniel Philbrick's "The Last Stand" was doubly appealing to me by virtue of my longtime interest in George A. Custer's catastrophic blundering and Nathaniel Philbrick's body of work. The Last Stand does not disappoint, in any way shape or form.    After Evan Connell's "Son of the Morning Star", I might have thought it too daunting for another historian to take on the challenge of finding new ground or a fresh perspective on the demise of Custer's Seventh Cavalry, however what …
review by . May 11, 2010
My apologies to Larry Verne for using the title to his song for my review. Anyway, this was an extremely interesting book. I know that there have been multitudes of books written about the Little Big Horn battle, and I have read a few of them. This book, however, covers not only that battle, but goes back before it to show the development of both Custer and Sitting Bull, and forwsard to tell the story of Sitting Bull's death.    Since no one really knows exactly whar happened …
review by . May 04, 2010
Custer, Sitting Bull, and Little Bighorn have become iconic names in American history, but often only through a distorted lens. Like many other students, I learned that George Armstrong Custer was a buffoon who led his troops to disaster at the Little Bighorn and that Sitting Bull was a "noble savage" (to use the term that sums up modern stereotypes of 19th century American Indians).     Nathan Philbrick's The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn …
review by . May 03, 2010
Nathaniel Philbrick has delivered a wonderfully fresh look at yet another iconic piece of American history. The historian has made his career in such endeavors and his approach is refreshing and enlivening. By telling as many sides of the conflict as he could unearth, Philbrick avoids the pitfalls of taking sides in his story-telling, and the reader ends up with a clear sense of the humanity, the strengths and the weaknesses of all the major players.    About one fourth of the …
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