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In this lavishly illustrated volume, Larry McMurtry, the greatest chronicler of the American West, tackles for the first time one of the paramount figures of Western and American history--George Armstrong Custer. McMurtry also argues that Custer's last stand at the Little Bighorn should be seen as a monumental event in our nation's history. Like all great battles, its true meaning can be found in its impact on our politics and policy, and the epic defeat clearly signaled the end of the Indian Wars--and brought to a close the great narrative of western expansion.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451626209
Branch Call Number: 92 C967m 2012
Characteristics: 178 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 29 cm


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May 31, 2019

For the fascinating photos alone, this is a must-read for Custer and Little Big Horn readers. McMurtry's quirky, disjointed text is another matter. It feels like the book's release was rushed....complete with several spelling and grammatical errors. On one page, McMurtry misquotes the wording of Custer's famous last-minute note to Benteen. And there, on the very next page, is a photograph of the actual note, with, obviously, the "correct" wording. Still, those photographs are amazing.

ChristchurchLib Jan 22, 2014

"A lavishly illustrated portrait of the 19th-century cavalry commander traces his rise from an unpromising West Point graduate to a distinguished military leader, providing coverage of such topics as his complicated marriage, mythologised defeat at Little Big Horn and enduring legacy." Biography and Memoir January 2014 newsletter

Feb 09, 2013

A good book for the person looking for information about Custer and his character as it relates to events leading up to and after the battle. We do not have to read about his childhood and all the other matter that is generally far removed from the 'last stand'. Importantly we learn of his weaknesses, failures, and generally get a feeling for why events unfolded the way they did. Some of his military history is disturbing, some of tactics make you wonder why he was in charge and in particular one is left with the sense that he may have been an armed sociopath. The result of course was compounded by the fact that he led so many others to a preventable ending. And yet his memory has largely been that of an intelligent and capable leader. This book also provides a good bibliography for those who wish to do further reading. Good illustrations make this book very interesting. It seems that his life may have been about making one blunder after another until the Little Bighorn when the blunder(s) were so big the outcome was almost inevitable. One also has to wonder if the reason he was given so much freedom to act as he did was to promote the interests of the greedy who wanted to control by any means all the wealth of the country.


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