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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Angela | 2/10/2014

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

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