"An engrossing and tautly written account of a critical chapter in American history." Los Angeles Times
Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Hurricane's Eye, Pulitzer Prize finalist Mayflower, and Valiant Ambition, is 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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of In the Heart of the Sea, winner of the National Book Award; Mayflower, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Bunker Hill, winner of the New England Book Award; Sea of Glory; The Last Stand; Why Read Moby Dick?; and Away Off Shore. He lives in Nantucket. His new book, Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution, will be published in May 2016.
Date of Birth:June 11, 1956
Place of Birth:Boston, Massachusetts
Education:B.A., Brown University, 1978; M.A., Duke University
Table of Contents
List of Maps xiii
Preface Custer's Smile xv
Chapter 1 At the Flood 1
Chapter 2 The Dream 27
Chapter 3 Hard Ass 36
Chapter 4 The Dance 53
Chapter 5 The Scout 71
Chapter 6 The Blue Pencil Line 88
Chapter 7 The Approach 109
Chapter 8 The Crow's Nest 128
Chapter 9 Into the Valley 151
Chapter 10 Reno's Charge 166
Chapter 11 To the Hill 188
Chapter 12 Still Point 206
Chapter 13 The Forsaken 220
Chapter 14 Grazing His Horses 237
Chapter 15 The Last Stand 257
Chapter 16 The River of Nightmares 280
Epilogue: Libbie's House 304
Appendix A The Seventh Cavalry on the Afternoon of June 25, 1876 313
Appendix B Sitting Bull's Village June 25, 1876 317
Illustration Credits 447
What People are Saying About This
Praise for Mayflower, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History
"Vivid and remarkably fresh...Philbrick has recast the Pilgrims for our age of searching and turmoil."
The New York Times Book Review
"A signal achievement. Philbrick enlightens and even astounds."
Praise for Sea of Glory, winner of the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize
"Brilliantly told...has to be among the best nonfiction books of this or any other year."
Los Angeles Time Book Review
"A breathtaking account of one of history's greatest adventures."