The Battle of the Little Bighorn
By (author) Mari Sandoz
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Battle of the Little Bighorn by Mari Sandoz
Book DescriptionMari Sandoz's account of the battle in which General George Armstrong Custer staked his life - and lost - reveals on every page the author's intimate knowledge of her subject. The character of the Sioux, the personality of Custer, the mixed emotions of Custer's men, the Plains landscapeoall emerge with such clarity that the reader is transported in time to that spring of 1876, when the Army of the Plains began its fateful march toward the Yellowstone. The background of the tragedy is here: the history of bad blood and broken treaties between the Sioux Nation and the United States, the underlying reason for Custer's expedition and for the convocation of Indians on the Little Bighorn that particular year. The author's analysis of Custer's motives and political ambitions sheds new light on an old mystery and will be hotly disputed by the general's admirers. "Miss Sandoz has taken the theme of Custer's last stand and given it new dimension and understanding through knowledge gained in a lifetime of research...The writing is gritty and unsparing in detailing hardship and heartbreak. In this, her last book, she has written a heroic saga worthy of a place alongside Old Jules and Crazy Horse." ("Library Journal"). "The book is a perfect mating of subject and author...and is probably the best account of the battle ever written...Although it is written more from the white man's point of view than was the case in "Crazy Horse", there is enough knowledgeable interpretation of the Indian outlook to give proper understanding to all that was transpiring. Buffs may disagree with some of Miss Sandoz's interpretations and conclusions, but to white man that is the basis of the continuing lure of the battle." ("New York Times Book Review").
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780803291003
(210mm x 130mm x 12mm)
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1978
Country of Publication: United States
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Crazy Horse, Paperback (February 2008)» View all books by Mari Sandoz
Crazy Horse, the legendary military leader of the Oglala Sioux whose social non-conformity contributed to his reputation as being "strange," fought in many famous battles, and held out tirelessly against the US government's efforts to confine the Lakotas to reservations. This book offers an evocation of the spirit of Crazy Horse.
US Kirkus Review » An installment in the Great Battles Series, Miss Sandoz' version of Custer's last stand relies solely on testimony. She never gives us the display piece with Custer and his troops fighting it out with Crazy Horse and going down man by man, and she doesn't because there were no survivors. (Recent books have recapitulated Sioux legends which described the massacre from the Indians' viewpoint, and Thomas Berger's comic novel Little Big Man had a field day with an "on the spot" report.) Nor does Miss Sandoz paint Custer as quite the towering megalomaniac that others have seen. She keeps mainly to his political motivations (he wanted to be President) and skirts the psychiatric. But that he was psycho is as clear as a hoof in the mouth. Several chapters cover in detail the ancillary battles of Custer's split forces, and the shining hatred many of his men had for his tricky behavior. Readers will be befogged occasionally trying to locate their position on the field, but in a literary sense this is beautifully written and at times unflinchingly grim with maggoty observation. (Kirkus Reviews)
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