relations and his clashes with Benteen, Reno, and many other military personnel, Philbrick slowly and artfully leads the readers to the main event.
In Philbrick’s book, there are no winners. The Lakota, who caused the biggest loss to the U.S. Army’s Western expansion, celebrated a Pyrrhic victory — they won the battle but, at least by the time of Wounded Knee (1890), lost the war and their way of life. Neither are there any heroes — the participants are too inconsistent and flawed. Custer, for instance, is at one time seen as a peace-seeking emissary and at another as a military egomaniac out for revenge and for personal glory. Philbrick masterfully retells the events leading up to and including the battle in The Last Stand; it is good to have yet another book about Custer and the Little Bighorn.
— Tomas Jaehn Nathaniel Philbrick gives a talk about “The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn” at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 24, at the School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia St. The event takes place in the SAR Boardroom and is sponsored by Garcia Street Books. The $30 price of admission includes a signed copy of the book and benefits SAR; call 986-0151 for more information. Philbrick also gives a presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, at Bookworks, 4022 Río Grande Blvd. N.W., Albuquerque; call 505-344-8139.