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



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"An engrossing, thoughtfully researched, and tautly written account of a critical chapter in American history." - Los Angeles Times With a fantastic body of work that includes In the Heart of the Seaand Pulitzer Prize finalist Mayflower, Nathaniel Philbrick has emerged as a historian with a unique ability to bring history to life. The Last Standis 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.

Author Biography

Nathaniel Philbrick is the bestselling author of Mayflower, In the Heart of the Sea and Sea of Glory. He lives in Nantucket.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. xiii
Preface Custer's Smilep. xv
At the Floodp. 1
The Dreamp. 27
Hard Assp. 36
The Dancep. 53
The Scoutp. 71
The Blue Pencil Linep. 88
The Approachp. 109
The Crow's Nestp. 128
Into the Valleyp. 151
Reno's Chargep. 166
To the Hillp. 188
Still Pointp. 206
The Forsakenp. 220
Grazing His Horsesp. 237
The Last Standp. 257
The River of Nightmaresp. 280
Epilogue: Libbie's Housep. 304
The Seventh Cavalry on the Afternoon of June 25, 1876p. 313
Sitting Bull's Village June 25, 1876p. 317
Acknowledgmentsp. 321
Notesp. 325
Bibliographyp. 419
Illustration Creditsp. 447
Indexp. 449
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