In 1935, David Miller began to gather the stories of 72 elderly Native American participants in the Battle of the Little Bighorn. This work is the result of his exhaustive, 22-year research--a superb oral history told from the perspective of the the warriors who won the battle, but lost the war.In 1935, David Miller began to gather the stories of 72 elderly Native American participants in the Battle of the Little Bighorn. This work is the result of his exhaustive, 22-year research--a superb oral history told from the perspective of the the warriors who won the battle, but lost the war.Read Less
Miller has written the definitive work not only of the Battle of the Little Big Horn but the consequences upon the Souix and Cheyenne nations. In his easy to read narrative style the author allows over seventy Native Americans to tell their stories and then integrates these voices in such a manner that the reader experiences the horror of what can only described as thirty minutes in hell. Two hundred and fifteen men left leaderless in the face of over a thousand warriors. Of men trying to retreat and finding no place to hide in the face of pent up fury resulting from failed promises and frustration endangering a lifestyle incompatible with peaceful coexistence. Miller writes in a manner in allowing the reader to experience both the fury and the fear. It was thirty minutes of hell written in blood upon the pages of history.
A number of years ago National Geographic and others studied the Custer Battle ground tracing where bullets originated, were they found fragments and other archaeological material and in the end validated the story put forth in "Custer's Fall.'
Apr 4, 2008
A Worthwhile Read
This is a really good book. It is different from any other Little Big Horn story because this is the Indian's version. But, actually, all accounts of Custer's battle would have had to of been told by the Indians. They were the only ones left to tell the tale. The main difference here compared to similar books is the telling of Custer's death. This book doesn't have him dying near the top of the hill, nor does it have him fighting late in the battle. It is told here that he was killed in the initial attempt to cross the river into what [he didn't know] was the middle of the Indian village.
Jul 5, 2007
Custers (Non) Last Stand
Anyone who has only ever heard the white man's account on what (they supposed )happened on that fateful day at the Little Big Horn will really enjoy this book. In modern times, the Custer National Park battle site has been extensively investigated archaeologically & findings often back-up the Indian side of the story & refute many previous versions of the battle. Only the Indians know what happened on that day & many that took part were interviewed, their recollections forming the backbone of this book. For Custer, the battle was over in a few short seconds as he made his initial charge across the Little Big Horn, he was a bloody man & met a bloody end. Read this book; it recounts the true horror of battle, not the usual cold blooded extermination of the Indians by the white man; this time the 'tables were turned', this time the soldiers were the hunted, this time they were destroyed. It was a truly great event in the history of the Indian Nations, they fought bravely to protect their way of life & their families & this book tells their side of the story.
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