The Last Stand
Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
By Nathaniel Philbrick
Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143119609, 466pp.
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
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With a fantastic body of work that includes "In the Heart of the Sea" and Pulitzer Prize finalist "Mayflower," Nathaniel Philbrick has emerged as 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.