The Lance and the Shield: The Life and Times of Sitting Bull

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Ballantine Books, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 413 pages
Reviled by the United States government as a troublemaker and a coward, revered by his people as a great warrior chief, Sitting Bull has long been one of the most fascinating and misunderstood figures in American history. Now, distinguished historian Robert M. Utley has forged a compelling new portrait of Sitting Bull, viewing the man from the Lakota perspective for the very first time to render the most unbiased and historically accurate biography of Sitting Buil to date.
 

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User Review  - chadwrite - LibraryThing

Utley's facts are plentiful, and he is skilled at using the techniques of good fiction writers to weave a vivid story of the Lacota Sioux. A long read, but Sitting Bull lived a large life, and his story fills every bit of the space to my satisfaction. Read full review

Contents

3
26
Waskhus
38
Long Knives
51
7
68
Head Chief
76
8
84
9
95
Waskhus on Elk River
106
16
192
17
207
18
223
Prisoner of
234
21
258
22
265
23
272
Messiah
281

10
112
11
131
13
151
Bear Coat
165
14
171
15
179
24
291
Epilogue
308
Acknowledgments
315
Index
399
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Robert M. Utley, former Chief Historian & Assistant Director of the National Park Service, is the author of many books & articles on the West, "Cavalier in Buckskin", also published by the University of Oklahoma Press, won the 1989 Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Book & was a Book-of-the-Month Club & History Book Club selection. Since his retirement from the federal government, he has devoted himself full time to historical research & writing.

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