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

By James Welch and Paul Stekler



Custer's ill-fated attack on June 25, 1876, has gone down as the American military's most catastrophic defeat. This historic and personal work tells the Native American side, poignant revealing how disastrous the encounter was for the "victors," the last great gathering of Plains Indians under the leadership of Sitting Bull. Telling of the pride and desperation of a people systematically stripped of their treaty rights, hounded from their ancestral hunting grounds, and herded into wretched reservations, Killing Custer reveals how this defining moment in American history was no more a "Last Stand" than a final celebration of waning power and freedom.

Product Details

Price: $16.95  $15.59
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published Date: February 01, 2007
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 5.4 X 0.9 X 8.0 inches | 0.55 pounds
ISBN: 9780393329391
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About the Author

At the time of his death in 2003, James Welch was considered one of the most important authors of the American West. His books include Fool's Crow and Winter in the Blood.


The Great Spirit must have created James Welch so that he could tell of the Little Bighorn from the viewpoint of the tribes that fought there.--Dee Brown, author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee