Description - The Battle of the Little Bighorn by Mari Sandoz
Mari 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 landscape-all 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.
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(203mm x 133mm x 12mm)
University of Nebraska Press
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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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