My interest is not scholarly, so I can't entirely vouch for the authenticity of this account. However, it seems like a pretty thorough job. I believe it. I liked the book and it was well-narrated. The author looks at the personalities involved in some depth. At the end, one feels he knows the individuals, much as he would after reading a good novel. Politically, I would say this is balanced in perspective. Much blame falls on the administration of President Grant. I accept that as true.
This book is well written. The author did a great job of researching many sources. He quotes survivors of the battle from both sides. Not only does he shed light on conflicting stories from participants he provides easy to follow explanations. He also does a great job of getting you ‘inside’ the minds of significant players and lots of great background information. I highly recommend this book which has the best account of all the accounts I have read. David Srein
Though I have listened to many George Guidall narrating fictional books, this was my first experience of him narrating non-fiction which I thoroughly enjoyed. If you like historical fiction, this book makes a great primer for Dan Simmon's "Black Hills". Now on my 2nd listen of "Black Hills", I am picking up on many things that went over my head due to the historical elucidation from "The Last Stand".
Fantasic look at the thinking behind the Union generals, "saviors of the nation", and their legacy on ending slavery, but in irony, beginning the genocide of the native population. More than just a battle account, a list of crimes, too numerous to list, against the American Indian.