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

James Welch, Author, Paul Stekler, With W. W. Norton & Company $25 (320p) ISBN 978-0-393-03657-2
Novelist Welch (Fools Crow) and documentary filmmaker Stekler collaborate on what is to date the best reconstruction of the Little Big Horn campaign from a Native American perspective. Eschewing melodrama and making sophisticated use of oral testimony and recently developed archeological evidence, the authors present an inevitable clash of cultures brought about by white greed. They describe the success of Sitting Bull's call in 1876 for one last big hunt and one last big fight before the Plains Indians' way of life was to disappear forever, along with the buffalo that sustained it. Welch and Stekler highlight the initial overconfidence and ultimate panic of Custer's troops, whose commander made every possible mistake on June 25 against enemies with nothing more to lose. A major literary and historical contribution to a complex subject. Illustrations. Author tour. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/03/1994
Release date: 10/01/1994
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 320 pages - 978-0-393-32939-1
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