If you’re a history buff looking for a thrilling read, look no further than Mark Lee Gardner’s latest book, The Earth Is All That Lasts. This magisterial new history tells the story of the fierce final chapter of the “Indian Wars,” through the lives of two legendary American Indian leaders – Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull. The book is fast-paced and highly absorbing, leaving readers on the edge of their seats as they turn each page.
The book begins by introducing readers to the lives of Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, two Lakota chiefs who led the Sioux resistance against white intruders in the American West. Both men grew up on the High Plains, where vast herds of buffalo roamed freely and their nomadic people followed them. However, even in their youth, the two leaders had known a time without whites. Fur traders and government explorers were the first to penetrate Sioux lands, followed by gold seekers, settlers, and eventually, Bluecoats. As white intruders flooded Sioux lands, conflicts between them and the Sioux increased, and the buffalo population plummeted.
On June 25, 1876, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull led their warriors into battle against the Seventh Cavalry, led by George Armstrong Custer, at the Little Big Horn. The Battle of Little Bighorn was the Sioux’s greatest victory, but it was also the beginning of the end for their treasured and sacred way of life. In the years to come, both Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, defiant to the end, would meet violent and eerily similar fates.
The Earth Is All That Lasts is based on years of research and draws on a wealth of previously ignored primary sources, making it the definitive chronicle of these extraordinary Indigenous leaders. Gardner’s writing style is both thrilling and engrossing, making the book a page-turner from beginning to end. The book is an essential addition to the canon of Indigenous American history and literature of the West, and it triumphantly and tragically tells the story of two fascinating and heroic leaders struggling to maintain the freedom of their people against impossible odds.
The book is also well-designed, with a hardcover and dimensions of 6 x 1.37 x 9 inches that make it comfortable to hold and easy to carry around. It’s a weighty tome, coming in at 560 pages, but its well-researched content more than makes up for its size. The ISBN-10 is 0062669893, and the ISBN-13 is 978-0062669896. It weighs 1.64 pounds, making it a relatively light book considering its size.
Overall, The Earth Is All That Lasts is one of the best nonfiction books of the year, as per True West magazine. It’s a Denver Post bestseller for good reason, it’s well-researched, well-written and tells an engrossing story that keeps readers engaged from beginning to end. Gardner’s writing style is fun and accessible, making this book a perfect read for anyone interested in American history, Indigenous American history, or the American West. Get your copy today and dive into the epic story of Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull.
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