• The Earth Is All That Lasts

  • Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the Last Stand of the Great Sioux Nation
  • By: Mark Lee Gardner
  • Narrated by: Shaun Taylor-Corbett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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The Earth Is All That Lasts

By: Mark Lee Gardner
Narrated by: Shaun Taylor-Corbett
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A magisterial dual biography of Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, the two most legendary and consequential American Indian leaders, who triumphed at the Battle of Little Bighorn and led Sioux resistance in the fierce final chapter of the "Indian Wars."

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. Yet their legendary victory at the Little Big Horn has overshadowed the rest of their rich and complex lives. Now, based on years of research and 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. 

Both Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull were born and grew 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, following the buffalo and lording their fighting prowess over rival Indian nations. But as idyllic as this life seemed to be, neither man had known a time without whites. Fur traders and government explorers were the first to penetrate Sioux lands, but they were soon followed by a flood of white intruders: Oregon-California Trail travelers, gold seekers, railroad men, settlers, town builders—and Bluecoats. The buffalo population plummeted, disease spread by the white man decimated villages, and conflicts with the interlopers increased. 

On June 25, 1876, in the valley of the Little Big Horn, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, and the warriors who were inspired to follow them, fought the last stand of the Sioux, a fierce and proud nation that had ruled the Great Plains for decades. It was their greatest victory, but it was also the beginning of the end for their treasured and sacred way of life. And in the years to come, both Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, defiant to the end, would meet violent—and eerily similar—fates. 

An essential new addition to the canon of Indigenous American history and literature of the West, The Earth Is All That Lasts is a grand saga, both triumphant and tragic, of two fascinating and heroic leaders struggling to maintain the freedom of their people against impossible odds. 

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©2022 Mark Lee Gardner (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers
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Nicely Detailed Account of 2 Great Native Leaders

This book was definitely written with a Native slant to it. by the way, that is not a complaint. I believe the author also did a very good job of being balanced.The book provided great insight on what was going on among the Lakota people during this tragic time. It was a very good listen that I enjoyed very much! Highly recommended.

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Pretty Good - if incomplete

I like the overall point of view, being taken from the legendary and probably best-know chiefs of the Lakota people of the 19th century. In my studies of these people and their times, I have learned enough to know that there were a LOT of battles, skirmishes and general conflicts going on around the events covered in this book.
The points of view being taken with these two warriors is generalized in this work, with dramatic emphasis being given to the Native point-of-view. As with all historical events that were not well-documented on both sides, the slant here is a very pro-native re-telling of events mostly held in oral history that are well documented by many authors.
The narration was nice if some of the words were mis-pronounced; ie Lakota, Brule', Oglala .
An overall good score, if not perfect, it was well worth the listen. It's just not ALL of the story.


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  • Bill Atkinson
  • 08-06-22

Amazing detail and great delivery

I have always enjoyed the history of the native Indians. I read Bury my heart at wounded knee over 50 years ago. This is a brilliant telling of life in those times and yet another example arrogance

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  • Darren
  • 07-12-22

Great book

Great read, really enjoyed this book, a lot of similarities with the Maori people here in New Zealand