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Custer and the Little Bighorn: The Man, the Mystery, the Myth
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Custer and the Little Bighorn: The Man, the Mystery, the Myth

by James Donovan, Richard S. Wheeler (Foreword by)
 

Custer and Little Bighorn is the first major illustrated book to examine the life of this complex figure and this equally complex battle that would forever change history. Lavishly illustrated with many rare illustrations, it’s also the first photographic history of the man and his Civil War exploits. In Custer and Little Bighorn historian Jim Donovan

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Custer and Little Bighorn is the first major illustrated book to examine the life of this complex figure and this equally complex battle that would forever change history. Lavishly illustrated with many rare illustrations, it’s also the first photographic history of the man and his Civil War exploits. In Custer and Little Bighorn historian Jim Donovan examines the leader’s life in full, from his childhood and days at West Point through his glorious Civil War achievements and Indian-fighting career to his death on the Little Bighorn—providing a comprehensive, authoritative look at the man and the history surrounding his final battle. Its detailed narrative examines the latest, groundbreaking research and archaeology of the most widely analyzed battle in our nations history. George Armstrong Custer’s Last Stand at the Battle of the Little Bighorn is one of the most compelling events in American history. More than 125 years later, we are still fascinated by the man and his defeat; Donovan’s Custer and Little Bighorn will add to that mystique.

Editorial Reviews

Gregory F. Michno
The Custer story now shines in a refreshing light. Donovan, in crisp, lively prose, has cleared the turgid waters of the Little Bighorn. Synthesizing the latest scholarship on the subject, but with no ax to grind, Donovan paints us a Custer with both the tarnish and the gold. Here is something for the Custerphobe and the Custerphile. Much of the inaccurate media depictions of Custer as an arrogant, glory-hunting fool are dispelled, while the legend still endures. The excellent selection of 250 photos, paintings, and drawings are more than will be found in any comparable history, and although the concise text is perfect for the general reader, the aficionado may also find a nugget to keep.
Richard S. Wheeler
This is an authoritative, trustworthy, generous, shrewd, reliable, and compelling study, worthy of high praise. Trust it. You will not find better.
Library Journal
There has been a need for a new popular biography of George Custer to take into account the recent research and archaeological studies. Literary agent Donovan makes a valiant attempt here but falls a bit short of the mark with this lavishly illustrated biography. He covers the essentials of Custer's life in a fast-paced narrative, incorporating recent research as needed to give a good overview of the man and his times. However, when discussing the Battle of the Little Bighorn, he trades probability for certainty and subtly alters the probable chronology so that Custer is among the last to die (scholars now think that Miles Keogh deserves that distinction). Portraits of Custer and his family, fellow officers, and Confederate and Indian foes also enliven the text. For public libraries; academic libraries should rely on Jeffrey Wert's Custer (LJ 6/1/96). (Photos not seen.) Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896580152
Publisher:
Voyageur Press
Publication date:
10/15/2002
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.44(d)

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