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    Description'The whites want war and we will give it to them' - Sitting Bull. This is the archetypal story of the American West. Whether it is cast as a tale of unmatched bravery in the face of impossible odds or of insane arrogance receiving its rightful comeuppance, Custer's Last Stand continues to captivate the imagination. Nathaniel Philbrick brilliantly reconstructs the build-up to the Battle of the Little Big Horn through to the final eruption of violence. Two legendary figures dominate the events: George Armstrong Custer and Sitting Bull. No longer the fresh-faced 'Boy-General' of the Civil War, Custer was now mired in financial, professional and political problems. A clear and just cause had been replaced by ambiguity and frustration - by ill-fated efforts at peace treaties, treachery and compromises on both sides. Forced to take to the plains to feed themselves, and increasingly outraged by the government's policies towards them, the Sioux and Cheyenne became infused with a new sense of collective identity and purpose. Between six and eight thousand people came together in the largest ever gathering of Native Americans. If the government should be foolish enough to pursue them, they would stand and fight. Sitting Bull was in his mid-forties, his charisma and political savvy had enabled him to emerge as their leader. A vision he received during a Sun Dance - of soldiers falling from the sky - was widely understood to presage a great victory. Nathaniel Philbrick brings vividly to life all those involved - from the Oglala Sioux warrior Crazy Horse and Major Marcus Reno who led the first attack, to Libby Custer waiting with the other army wives at Fort Lincoln. He evokes too the history, geography and haunting beauty of the Great Plains and provides the finest account to date of what happened there - and why - at the end of June 1876.


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    Title
    The Last Stand
    Subtitle
    Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of Little Big Horn
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nathaniel Philbrick
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 496
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 45 mm
    Weight: 905 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781847920096
    ISBN 10: 1847920098
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC subject category V2: JWLF
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK, HBW
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036040, HIS037030
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    DC22: 973.82
    BIC subject category V2: 3JH
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    Thema V1.0: NHW, NHK, JWLF
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KBB
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3M, 3MN
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    The Bodley Head Ltd
    Publication date
    03 June 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Nathaniel Philbrick is an historian and broadcaster whose books include In the Heart of the Sea and "Mayflower". He is the founding director of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies on Nantucket Island, and a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association.
    Review quote
    "A mesmerising portrait of two extraordinary individuals and a thrilling blow-by-blow account of a landmark battle, it is a terrific achievement" -- Dominic Sandbrook The Sunday Times "A stirring, perceptive retelling of an endlessly fascinating battle" Kirkus "Philbrick humanizes history, not only putting a recognizable face on the players in one of America's most notorious events but also providing insight into their hearts and minds" American Library Journal "Philbrick writes a lively narrative that brushes away the cobwebs of mythology to reveal the context and realities of Custer's unexpected 1876 defeat at the hands of his Indian enemies under Sitting Bull... compelling" Publishers' Weekly "As brilliant an example of combat reconstruction as one is likely to find in any history of this scope and ambition" -- Trevor Royle Sunday Herald