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Ralph Bowden


Nathaniel Philbrick reconsiders Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

May 18, 2010 In the nineteenth century, America’s Manifest Destiny to occupy and exploit the West was an irresistible force. The ‘savages’ already living there were an inconvenience; they would have to yield. In most instances, the U.S. had its way, either by negotiation or in armed conflict. But not always. Nathaniel Philbrick’s The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn, updates the often-told story of how Sitting Bull’s remarkable alliance crushed Custer’s Seventh Cavalry. Philbrick appears at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Memphis on May 20 at 6 p.m.

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Nothing Pacific About This War

Hugh Ambrose’s companion book to The Pacific, the HBO miniseries, recreates hell in words

No one with any sense of history can doubt the human capacity for violence, hate, destruction, and killing. In The Pacific, Hugh Ambrose (son of the late historian Stephen Ambrose) provides an intimate picture of that capacity. The book chronicles the war experiences of four Marines and a Navy pilot in the Pacific war against Japan. Ambrose appears at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Nashville on April 12 at 7 p.m.

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