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The Last Sovereigns


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Table of Contents

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1. Sitting Bull
2. James Morrow Walsh
3. The Sitting Bull Commission
4. Fall and Rise
5. Creeping Uncertainty
6. Indecision
7. Jean Louis

About the Author

Robert M. Utley is a preeminent historian of the West and the author of numerous award-winning books, including The Last Days of the Sioux Nation; Frontiersmen in Blue: The United States Army and the Indian, 1848-1865 (Nebraska, 1981); Custer and the Great Controversy: The Origin and Development of a Legend (Nebraska, 1998); and Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life (Bison Books, 1991).


"In The Last Sovereigns the greatest biographer of the greatest Lakota leader delivers a superb account of Sitting Bull's last years, centering on his exile in Canada. It is both a deeply human story of Sitting Bull's friendship with a Canadian Mountie and an insightful history that puts Native resistance to conquest in an international context. A splendid read and a necessary book."-T. J. Stiles, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America

-- T. J. Stiles
"Robert Utley's epic The Last Sovereigns is the heroic and heartbreaking saga of Sitting Bull's desperate flight into Canada before his death in 1890. The backstory of how Maj. James Morrow Walsh of the North-West Mounted Police befriended the Lakota resistance leader is brilliantly rendered. Like all of Utley's books, this is essential reading for anyone interested in the American West and Native American History. Highly recommended!"-Douglas Brinkley, Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities and professor of history at Rice University and author of Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Land of America -- Douglas Brinkley
"With twenty-two acclaimed books over the last fifty-eight years, Robert M. Utley has established a reputation as the Dean of Western History. The Last Sovereigns adds luster to that well-deserved title with a masterful tale of cross-border intrigue and heroic resistance as Sitting Bull attempts to establish a new life for his people north of the 'medicine line' separating the United States from Canada. Utley's fast-paced narrative, sharply delineated characters, and graceful prose make this a book that will appeal to all readers."-Paul Andrew Hutton, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of New Mexico and author of The Apache Wars

-- Paul Andrew Hutton

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