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The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Nathaniel Philbrick

Narrated By: George Guidall

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: May 2010

Duration: 12 hours 12 minutes


The bestselling author of Valiant Ambition and In the Hurricane's Eye sheds new light on one of the iconic 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.


  • Albert

    My interest is not scholarly, so I can't entirely vouch for the authenticity of this account. However, it seems like a pretty thorough job. I believe it. I liked the book and it was well-narrated. The author looks at the personalities involved in some depth. At the end, one feels he knows the individuals, much as he would after reading a good novel. Politically, I would say this is balanced in perspective. Much blame falls on the administration of President Grant. I accept that as true.

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  • Gordon Moore

    Fantasic look at the thinking behind the Union generals, "saviors of the nation", and their legacy on ending slavery, but in irony, beginning the genocide of the native population. More than just a battle account, a list of crimes, too numerous to list, against the American Indian.

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