A Terrible Glory

A Terrible Glory

Custer and the Little Bighorn-- the Last Great Battle of the American West

Book - 2009
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In June of 1876, on a hill above a winding river called "the Little Bighorn," George Armstrong Custer and all 210 men under his direct command were annihilated by nearly 2,000 Sioux and Cheyenne. This devastating loss caused an uproar, and public figures pointed fingers in order to avoid responsibility. Custer, who was conveniently dead, took the brunt of the blame.

The truth, however, was far more complex. A TERRIBLE GLORY is the first book to relate the entire story of this endlessly fascinating battle, and the first to call upon all the vital new forensic research of the past quarter century. It is also the first book to bring to light the details of the army cover-up--and unravel one of the greatest mysteries in US military history.
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, 2009, c2008.
Edition: 1st Back Bay pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780316067478
Characteristics: xv, 528 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.


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Apr 25, 2017

An excellent all round book on the subject. It didn't just focus on Custer but showed that there were others involved from privates to presidents. Well documented and well written it is a pleasure to read. Having read this and others on the subject, I have to think the critical decisions that led to Custer's death were his own. Also, having been the battle site I sometimes found the authors description of the terrain a touch confusing. That said more and better maps would have made this book better. If you have to read just one book on this topic, you could do a lot worse than this.


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