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This is a gem of a book that really brings history to life, exploring the complexities of the players and circumstances surrounding a legendarily horrible event, one that often gets flattened to cartoon dimensions. Philbrick avoids the pitfalls that usually attend works on this subject, neither demonizing Custer nor painting him as a superhero. The personalities and motivations of both Sitting Bull and Custer are examined for flaws and virtues, at least as far as the evidence we have will allow, although the author makes it clear that much about the events of June 1876 at Little Big Horn will always be a mystery. The eyewitness accounts of surviving US soldiers and Lakota warriors leap off the page and rattle the bones. If only American history classes were taught with this much thoughtfulness, insight and plain old drama, we'd all be wiser and better off.
And need I even say it? . . . The Great Guidall reads this book as nobody else could!!! As usual his reading is so well crafted that you don't realize you've been under his spell until it's all over. Magic.
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This book taught me a lot about "Custer's Last Stand." From previous accounts and less than complimentary movies, I always assumed Custer was an arrogant showboater who put his men in danger because of his hubris and recklessness-that was definitely part of it but there were so many more aspects to this tragedy-stupid decisions made from the beginning of the campaign and poor implementation by less than stellar officers. The fingerpointing after the battle was pathetic; no one wanted to take responsibility for their part in the failure. I have not changed my opinion about Custer but this book makes it clear that he was not the sole architect of this debacle.
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