Mark Lee Gardner with 'The Earth is All That Lasts'

TUE, MAY 23, 2023 (1:06:31)


A “fast-paced and highly absorbing” (Wall Street Journal) history of the fierce final chapter of the “Indian Wars,” told through the lives of the two most legendary and consequential American Indian leaders, who led Sioux resistance and triumphed at the Battle of Little Bighorn
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Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull: Their names are iconic, their significance in American history undeniable. Together, these two Lakota chiefs, one a fabled warrior and the other a revered holy man, crushed George Armstrong Custer’s vaunted Seventh Cavalry on June 25, 1876. Both had grown to manhood on the High Plains of the American West, in an era when vast herds of buffalo covered the earth, and when their nomadic people could move freely. The Battle of Little Bighorn was the beginning of the end for their treasured and sacred way of life. Drawing on a wealth of previously ignored primary sources, award-winning author Mark Lee Gardner delivers the definitive chronicle, thrillingly told, of these extraordinary Indigenous leaders. The Earth Is All That Lasts is a grand saga, both triumphant and tragic, of their struggle to maintain the freedom of their people against impossible odds.

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Resources - Books

Witness: A Hunkpapha Historian’s Strong-Heart Song of the Lakotas by Josephine Waggoner (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2013)

The Crazy Horse Surrender Ledger, edited by Thomas R. Buecker and R. Eli Paul (Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, 1994)

The Sitting Bull Surrender Census: The Lakotas at Standing Rock Agency, 1881 by Ephriam D. Dickson III (Pierre: South Dakota State Historical Society Press, 2010)

Sitting Bull: His Life and Legacy by Ernie LaPointe, Great-Grandson of Sitting Bull (Salt Lake City: Gibbs Smith, 2009)

+ BIO: Mark Lee Gardner

Mark Lee Gardner is the author of Rough Riders, To Hell on a Fast Horse and Shot All to Hell, which received multiple awards, including a Spur Award from Western Writers of America. An authority on the American West, Gardner has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, as well as on the History Channel, AMC, the Travel Channel, and on NPR. He has written for National Geographic History, American Heritage, the Los Angeles Times, True West, and American Cowboy. He holds an MA in American Studies from the University of Wyoming and lives with his family at the foot of Pikes Peak.

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