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The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick
With The Last Stand, Nathaniel Philbrick examines the lives of all the major participants in the Battle of the Little Bighorn, most notably Sitting Bull and General George Armstrong Custer. Custer was charged with bringing peace to the West and removing those Indian tribes that refused to move to reservations. Custer was confident of his own fame and wanted to use it to launch a political career. Sitting Bull and his associates needed to make a stand to protect their culture and homelands. Nathaniel Philbrick examines in excruciating detail the battle that led to the death of Custer and the rest of his troops. Despite their victory, it was short-lived as the remainder of the Plains' Indian tribes eventually accepted moving to reservations. The Last Stand has received positive reviews with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette saying, "The Last Stand is history ambitiously written and sympathetically told. There's no positive side to Mr. Philbrick's tale, however, just more evidence of the nation's legacy of mistreatment and murder when it comes to its native peoples."