Custer's Trials

Custer's Trials

A Life on the Frontier of A New America

eBook - 2015
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From the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, a brilliant new biography of Gen. George Armstrong Custer that radically changes our view of the man and his turbulent times. In this magisterial biography, T. J. Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer's legacy has been ignored. He demolishes Custer's historical caricature, revealing a volatile, contradictory, intense person--capable yet insecure, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military (he was court-martialed twice in six years). The key to understanding Custer, Stiles writes, is keeping in mind that he lived on a frontier in -- From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2015]
ISBN: 9781101875841
1101875844
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource.

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The only thing that most people know about General George Armstrong Custer is that he died at the Battle of the Little Bighorn along with all of his men. T. J. Stiles's biography focuses on Custer's life from his days as a cadet at West Point up to the moment when the 7th Cavalry marches off to ... Read More »

2016 Pulitzer Prize for History


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slowwriter
Jun 25, 2016

Likely the finest biography I have read, certainly the most thorough telling of this man's fascinating life.

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rene1951
Nov 24, 2015

His last stand proves that a sufficiently incompetent officer can destroy his command, no matter how good. Archeological and eye-witness accounts available, if interested.

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