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Gr. 9-12. In dense detail that draws on a wide variety of primary documents, including eyewitness accounts from all sides, this handsome volume gives an almost blow-by-blow account of the famous battle that came to be known as Custer's Last Stand. Walker concentrates on the battle itself, fought on the Great Plains in 1876, and the book includes diagrams of each side's tactics. Many readers will need more background on the battle and on why it was so decisive, but Walker's exhaustive research does bring together the conflicting viewpoints of the whites and the Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho fighters, documenting everything in source notes. The handsome book design, with thick paper, clear type, maps, stirring photos, and archival images, will attract readers to the battle story and then start them thinking about lasting historical issues. Other books in the series include Ronald J. Drez's Remember D-Day (2004) and Thomas B. Allen's Remember Pearl Harbour (2001). Hazel Rochman
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