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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,896 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathaniel Philbrick Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781101223017
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The bestselling author of Mayflower revisits one of the most iconic and misunderstood stories of the American West.

Little Bighorn and Custer are names synonymous in the American imagination with unmatched bravery and spectacular defeat. Mythologized as Custer's Last Stand, the June 1876 battle has been equated with other famous last stands, from the Spartans’ defeat at Thermopylae to Davy Crockett at the Alamo.

In his tightly structured narrative, Nathaniel Philbrick brilliantly sketches the two larger-than-life antagonists: Sitting Bull, whose charisma and political savvy earned him the position of leader of the Plains Indians, and George Armstrong Custer, one of the Union's greatest cavalry officers and a man with a reputation for fearless and often reckless courage. Philbrick reminds readers that the Battle of the Little Bighorn was also, even in victory, the last stand for the Sioux and Cheyenne Indian nations. Increasingly outraged by the government’s Indian policies, the Plains tribes allied themselves and held their ground in southern Montana. Within a few years of Little Bighorn, however, all the major tribal leaders would be confined to Indian reservations.

Throughout, Philbrick beautifully evokes the history and geography of the Great Plains with his characteristic grace and sense of drama. The Last Stand is a mesmerizing account of the archetypal story of the American West, one that continues to haunt our collective imagination.


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Quotes & Awards

  • A breathtaking account of one of history's greatest adventures. Entertainment Weekly
  • An engrossing, thoughtfully researched, and tautly written account of a critical chapter ni American history. Los Angeles Times
  • An evocative and cinematic narrative. The New York Times
  • A carefully historical account that is also a ripping good yarn. The Wall Street Journal

    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. Salon.com
  • Brilliantly told...has to be among the best nonfiction books of this or any other year. Los Angeles Time Book Review
  • One of the 2010 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 2/20/2014

    " This is one of a series of books that paints a better picture of how the west was won, than i=one sees in the movies and popular fiction. A good lesson in how not to fight battle "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonyajohnston | 2/17/2014

    " What was so fun about reading this book was we went to Little Big Horn Montana to see where the Last Stand happened. It really put things in perspective for me. I know understand why Reno could not see what happened to Custer. I wish I could do this with every biography that I read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/16/2014

    " I liked this book. It was easy to get through and gave a general idea of the battle. What I didn't like of this book is that it was entitled "The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of The Little Bighorn". There was definitely not enough on Custer or Sitting Bull. That is really what I was hoping for when I picked this book up. Actually in this book, there was less on those two and their role than there was on others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 2/10/2014

    " Really good book if you are interested in this subject matter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denis | 2/5/2014

    " While this book covers a lot of the same ground as Son of the Morning Star, it provides additional facts and interpretations of the events and personalities involved in the Battle of the Little Big Horn. I particularly liked the author's speculative reconstruction of how the battle developed and ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Strongsville Branch | 1/19/2014

    " Nathanial Philbrick has done it again. Over the years the Battle at Little Bighorn has become one of the iconic battles in early U.S. history. Unfortunately it is also one of the least understood in terms of what really happened and why it happened. Mr. Philbrick does a wonderful job of bringing to life the time and characters of Custer, Sitting Bull and all the other major participants. When you finish you will be pleasantly surprised at how little you really knew about what happened. This is also a great book for people who think they do not like nonfiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 1/12/2014

    " A great place to start if you are interested in Custer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 1/5/2014

    " Good read, lots of history, interesting info on personalities/egos. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh Sapir | 12/31/2013

    " Very interesting read. Gives a lot of information about the events that led up to the battle of the Little Bighorn. Very well researched and gives a fairly unbiased view from both perspectives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 11/19/2013

    " It is one of those events I just revisit about every 5 years. Good History. Benteen, I'm still waiting for you to come over the ridge and rescue Custer. Still did not happen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Keller | 10/26/2013

    " Awesome book! Reads like a novel. If you like history, you'll love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra Dark | 10/2/2013

    " Wasn't eager to read this, because there has been so much written and filmed about Custer's last stand. But not reading this book would have been a great loss. Philbrick did a stellar job of research, and then spun a mighty story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S2 Mc | 9/14/2013

    " Excellent read...now I have to find a chance to re-visit the Little Big Horn battlefied! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Mccarthy | 6/30/2013

    " brilliant, detailed account of the battle of little bighorn, or greasy grass, as it is known to american indians. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 6/9/2013

    " In my journey to learn more about history, I picked up this book and found it very interesting. Wish there had been a little more about Sitting Bull, but overall a great read and learned so much about Custer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 3/5/2013

    " If you're a student of the Custer/Crazy Horse/Sitting Bull saga, this is a must. New info that completely reshaped my understanding of what happened. Very readable, engaging, history made vivid and personal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vaughan Pendred | 11/9/2012

    " A serious history, good on Custer, weaker on detail re Sitting Bull and his allies. Slightly disappointing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Steinharter | 7/24/2012

    " Philbrick is always worth it. This is a story I was unfamiliar with it, so quite interesting. Custer, Sitting Bull, pretty interesting characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jasonchicks Hicks | 7/3/2012

    " Not nearly as good as his other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hilary | 6/19/2012

    " Fascinating to read about an event that is so well known in American History but poorly understood. Definitely not on par with Philbrick's other books, but glad i know know the history of this event. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Hodges | 12/10/2011

    " Fascinating account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Philbrick provides detailed accounts of George Armstrong Custer, Sitting Bull and a host of others involved in this important military event. I highly recommend this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikey | 5/7/2011

    " really enjoyable read. Left feeling everyone was treated pretty fair....except Reno the drunken coward. benteen got off easy too, but he wasn,t a coward. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 5/1/2011

    " Fascinating...now there are at least three more books I need to read for more background!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 4/26/2011

    " Engaging retelling of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Just wish it had been a little longer. Huge Philbrick fan and this latest addition doesn't disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 4/24/2011

    " Fascinating account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Philbrick provides detailed accounts of George Armstrong Custer, Sitting Bull and a host of others involved in this important military event. I highly recommend this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 4/22/2011

    " An outstanding volume about the battle of the Little Big Horn. Good maps and color and bw photos. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 4/12/2011

    " This is one of a series of books that paints a better picture of how the west was won, than i=one sees in the movies and popular fiction. A good lesson in how not to fight battle "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 4/7/2011

    " excellant book on Sitting Bull, Custer and Crazy Horse.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 4/7/2011

    " The true story of what happened before and during Custer's last stand from both viewpoints. I enjoyed it immensely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kstrumpf | 4/6/2011

    " Not a flattering portrayal of poor old George. Good read, however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 2/20/2011

    " Mixed feelings. The book is well written and reads quickly, but, having already read Son of the Morning Star, I didn’t learn all that much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/18/2011

    " There were a lot of maps and generous sections of photos which made the battle details and troop movements easier to understand. It was very readable and I really enjoyed the book. It made me want to go back to South Dakota ASAP and visit. "

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About the Author
Author Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick is the National Book Award–winning author of In the Heart of the Sea, Revenge of the Whale, Sea of Glory, and others. Philbrick has won numerous awards for his work, including the Massachusetts Book Award, the Albion-Monroe Award, and the New England Book Award; his book Mayflower was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007. His book The Last Stand was named an ALA Notable Book and was the basis for a two-hour PBS American Experience film called Custer’s Last Stand. A graduate of Duke and Brown Universities, he currently lives in New England.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.