Killing Custer: The Battle of Little Bighorn and the Fate of the Plains Indians

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The classic account of Custer's Last Stand that shattered the myth of the Little Bighorn and rewrote history books.
Custer's ill-fated attack on June 25, 1876, has gone down as the American military's most catastrophic defeat. This historic and personal work tells the Native American side, poignant revealing how disastrous the encounter was for the "victors," the last great gathering of Plains Indians under the leadership of Sitting Bull. Telling of the pride and desperation of ...

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Overview

The classic account of Custer's Last Stand that shattered the myth of the Little Bighorn and rewrote history books.
Custer's ill-fated attack on June 25, 1876, has gone down as the American military's most catastrophic defeat. This historic and personal work tells the Native American side, poignant revealing how disastrous the encounter was for the "victors," the last great gathering of Plains Indians under the leadership of Sitting Bull. Telling of the pride and desperation of a people systematically stripped of their treaty rights, hounded from their ancestral hunting grounds, and herded into wretched reservations, Killing Custer reveals how this defining moment in American history was no more a "Last Stand" than a final celebration of waning power and freedom.

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Editorial Reviews

Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Enlightening . . . crisp and vivid . . . a lively and informative work of popular history.”
Dee Brown
“The Great Spirit must have created James Welch so that he could tell of the Little Bighorn from the viewpoint of the tribes that fought there.”
Tony Hillerman
“For those who many wonder about the 'Custer Had It Coming' bumper stickers they see in the West, James Welch provides the answer, in a book which reads with the same poetic prose that has made his novels American classics.”
Richard Slotkin
“A moving and thoughtful meditation on the history of America's wars of conquest and dispossession, and on the necessity—and the difficulty—of recovering that history, and making it a part of living memory for modern-day Indians and whites.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393329391
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/17/2007
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 626,007
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

At the time of his death in 2003, James Welch was considered one of the most important authors of the American West. His books include Fool’s Crow and Winter in the Blood.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     9
Chronology     11
Prologue     17
1     25
2     48
3     74
4     95
5     111
6     129
7     149
8     198
9     227
10     252
Epilogue     273
Afterword: Filming "The Last Stand"   Paul Stekler     287
Notes     297
Index     311
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  • Posted September 26, 2010

    If your a fan of history and Custer you might want to read this book.

    Mr. Welch's book as several inaccurate statements. One that comes to mind is that William F. Cody was a buffalo hide hunter. True Buffalo Bill killed a large amount of buffalo, but he killed them to feed the railroad workers. Making Mr. Cody into simply a hide hunter is false. Another problem that I have with "Killing Custer" is the citations. He wrote this book more like a novel than a historical account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn from the Native American view point. The statement that Sitting Bull gathered the natives together and was the one leader that lead them to victory may be correct, but there is little evidence to prove the fact. I believe the book is worth reading for no other reason than to find the historical mistakes that are through out the book

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