'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 Little Big Horn through to the final eruption of violence. Two legendary figures dominate the events: George Armstrong Custer and Sitting Bull. Those involved are brought vividly to life, as well as the history, geography and haunting beauty of the Great Plains. This book provides a thrilling account of what happened there - and why - at the end of June 1876.
'A mesmerising portrait of two extraordinary individuals and a thrilling blow-by-blow account of a landmark battle, it is a terrific achievement' Sunday Times
'Philbrick recounts this story with the clarity, colour and pace of a first-rate movie' Literary Review
'A fine new history... Unlikely to be bettered' Sunday Herald
'An absorbing retelling of the greatest Western of all. Philbrick is a stunningly evocative historian. It is a captivating story' The Timesshow more