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The Last Frontier : North Castle Books - Howard Fast

The Last Frontier

North Castle Books

Paperback Published: 28th February 1997
ISBN: 9781563245930
Number Of Pages: 320
For Ages: 18 years old

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North Castle Books are designed to bring the global variety of knowledge to a broader audience. Primarily aimed at the general reader through bookstore distribution, North Castle Books makes available, in handsomely bound paper editions, titles of literary and cultural significance that our editors have found to be of lasting importance. Spanning the range of fields from Asian Studies to American Studies, from short stories to scholarly treatises, from myth to memoirs, from Economics to Government, from Russian Politics to Recent History, North Castle Books will occupy an important place on bookshelves. Each edition will be reasonably priced, affording students, scholars, and serious readers the means to expand their horizons and broaden their aesthetic understanding.The story of the Cheyenne Indians in the 1870s, and their bitter struggle to flee from the Indian Territory in Oklahoma back to their home in Wyoming and Montana."Mr. Fast's novel will stand or fall upon its value as a dramatic, finely presented story. It is all of that: a model, which may easily become a classic example, of what to put in and what to leave out in the writing of a historical novel. ... I do not believe it is saying too much to suggest that in the person of Mr. Fast we may have the next really important American historical novelist". -- Joseph Henry Jackson, New York Herald Tribune Books"Fast's writing, austerely polished and austerely poetic, is admirably suited to this epic tale of a desperate effort for dignified survival. ... Fast has gotten to the core of this incident and made it into a rich American novel". -- New York Times Book Review"An amazing restoration and reconstruction. Thecharacters breathe, the landscape is solid ground and sky, and the story runs flexibly along the zigzag trail of a people driven by a deep instinct to their ancient home. I do not know any other episode in Western history that has been so truly and subtly perpetuated as this one. A great story lost has been found again, and as here told promises to live for generations". -- Carl Van Doren

Industry Reviews

Probably this amazing story will reach only a very few of the people who should read it. And yet it is one of the great sagas of all time - the trek of a fearless band of people to whom home and freedom meant infinitely more than death. The Cheyennes, aggostomed to their Hills and woods of the Power River district in the Black hills, ?? and faded in Indian Territory. Finally, when threats were made against their warriors, the whole 300 survivors set out to travel 1000 miles in enemy territory, with no more clothing than they wore, and with the knowledge that the force of the U.S. Army was against them. Half of the number reached "home"; a few perished in successive fights; the balance died in the Fort Robinson massacre, a blot on this country's none too clean record. Howard Fast has told their story superbly. (Kirkus Reviews)

Introductionp. vii
Forewordp. ix
July 1878: The Incident at Darlingtonp. 3
August 1878: Three Men Who Ran Awayp. 21
September 1878: The Chase Beginsp. 55
September 1878: A Washington Interludep. 89
September 1878: Cowboys and Indiansp. 113
September 1878: The Trap Closesp. 151
September-October 1878: Matters of Justicep. 181
October -- November 1878: The Victors and the Vanquishedp. 213
November 1878-January 1879: Freedomp. 247
January 1879-April 1879: The End of the Trailp. 291
An Afterwordp. 303
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ISBN: 9781563245930
ISBN-10: 1563245930
Series: North Castle Books
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 28th February 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.22  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.43