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Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Little Bighorn on Ten CDs

Just finished listening to an audio book,  The Last Stand, written by Nathaniel Philbric and narrated by George Guidall.
I suggest you listen to this account of a happening so important it still effects the America psyche. It is excellent among the accounts I have read of the happenings around the end of Custer. Readers of Civil War battles will probably find this account of a battle a somewhat frustrating joy.

The story of the exact end of Custer is hard to get at because ... Well, who was their left to tell that portion of the battle? Still, Phibric does get to Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn. He does not get to the parts played by the citizens of the U.S. and their chosen leaders, nor to certain other stake holders.

You might consider these questions before you listen to the book:
~ Why has the story been told so many time with so much bias?
~ Did the battle end with a wounded knee?
~ Did this battle mark the beginning of the end of westering?
~ Did Reno stand a round as Custer bled?
~ What did Sitting Bull stand for?

These ten CDs hold a well told bit of history that is being actively played out to this day.

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