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The Last Stand

Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Nathaniel Philbrick - Author

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ISBN 9780143119609 | 496 pages | 26 Apr 2011 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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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 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.

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PREFACE
Custer’s Smile

CHAPTER 1
At the Flood

CHAPTER 2
The Dream

CHAPTER 3
Hard Ass

CHAPTER 4
The Dance

CHAPTER 5
The Scout

CHAPTER 6
The Blue Pencil Line

CHAPTER 7
The Approach

CHAPTER 8
The Crow’s Nest

CHAPTER 9
Into the Valley

CHAPTER 10
Reno’s Charge

CHAPTER 11
To the Hill

CHAPTER 12
Still Point

CHAPTER 13
The Forsaken

CHAPTER 14
Grazing Horses

CHAPTER 15
The Last Stand

CHAPTER 16
The River of Nightmares

EPILOGUE
Libbie’s House

APPENDIX A
The Seventeenth Cavalry on the Afternoon of June 25, 1876

APPENDIX B
Sitting Bull’s Village on June 25, 1876

Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Illustration Credits
Index


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