Here, award-winning Lakota historian Joseph M. Marshall III reveals the nuanced complexities that led up to and followed the battle. Until now, this account has been available only within the Lakota oral tradition. The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn is required listening for anyone enthralled by the tale of the encounter that changed the scope of both America and the American landscape.
©2007 Joseph M. Marshall III; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Marshall offers a thoughtful and enlightening alternative look at this iconic chapter in American history." (Booklist)
"Marshall's thoughtful reflections and rich detail (much of it drawn from the oral stories of unidentified Lakota elders)...immerse the reader in the experience of a once free people wrestling with an uncertain destiny." (Publishers Weekly)
Although I read all types of "books" I usually review non-fiction. I have found that reviews of fiction are easily available while many people shy away from the "harder" non-fiction reads. In my opinion, many good reads are thus lost to the average person. I especially enjoy history - both past and present, individuals and countries.
The author, who is also the reader, makes this a story told among family and friends. I have "read" audio books for years but this was a totally different experience. The story is told not read - and there is a difference. It reminded me of sitting with my grandparents as they talked about the "old days". Along with the actual battle you learn about the Plains Indians, their way of life, their great chiefs, why the tribes were gathered at that place and time, family life, and much more. This is a wonderful piece of history told from the other side.
I have read this book and listened to it. I feel the author was very meticulous in his research. He was fair to both sides of the story: the Native side, the Immigrants side.
I felt as I was reading I was there. As the story moved into the battle itself and the aftermath I felt the exaustion of those involved. Those who tried to come to the aid of Custer and his men and could not. I felt the sadness/joy of those who claimed victory defending their people and their lands.
One day I hope to visit the battle grounds and leave a tobacco offering for the Native warriors who gave their lives there. I too am Native to this Continent as are all my ancestors.
This is by far the best book I have ever read covering this battle and those involved
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
I am doing a little study of this battle and this was the first book I have listen to on the subject. It covers the battle and much of the history around the Lakota perspective. It covers areas such as weapons, moral etc but it skims over the American's/Europeans side of things which is fine as I am sure I could get that from other books. This book covers the 'Indian' side of things well. I wish I could get this much coverage from the opposite side in other histories of battles.
Johseph M. Marshall III narrates his book well and his voice sounds like what you would expect a wise Lakota man to sound like.
Although this book makes it clear that the Lakota has had a rather bad time of it, he makes it clear that they are a resilient people who are pragmatic and noble.
Having not looked at both sides yet it would be wrong to judge the battle yet although I am sure from what I have studied of US history when someone saids "Trust me, I'm from the Government" they had the United States Government in mind and why we should run!
There is so much information and history that I never learned in school. I will most certainly listen to this again.
I don't know that I would term "like" in regards to some of this. Why? It is extremely heart wrenching to hear the stories of what our ancestors did in the name of God or country. I feel we are still doing some of the same things today and to other nationalities. I did appreciate that Joseph Marshall was the narrator and that he used his native language from time to time through out the book. I found myself trying to learn the different words.
This is a wonderful history lesson that we all need to listen to. It spurred me on to reading another one of Joseph Marshall's books on the leadership lessons of Crazy Horse. I am truly enjoying that book as well.
Great to hear the true side.
Seeing how history has elavated Custer, Sheridan and Sherman to such lofting positions when the truth is contrary.
Mr. Marshall's performance is wonderful especially enjoyed his use of his native language.
What the US government did to native Americans.
This book had an interesting account of events as hoped for. That part was interesting. However, the author seems to carry a huge chip on his shoulder decades after the events. Over all the educational value was lost, buried in the racial venting of the author.
for History in general and military history in particular, it is some disappointment
battle and strategy description is very limited, while other parts of the Lakota history is very long, including dictionary that is fairly boring for the listener.
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