Custer and the Little Bighorn

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This is the first major illustrated book to examine the life of this complex figure and this equally complex battle.  Besides being lavishly illustrated and the first true photographic history of Custer, his Civil War exploits, and his Last Stand, this detailed narrative includes the latest groundbreaking research and analysis of the most fiercely debated battle in our nation's history. 

On June 25, 1876, George Armstrong Custer and his famed U.S. Seventh Cavalry ...

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Overview


This is the first major illustrated book to examine the life of this complex figure and this equally complex battle.  Besides being lavishly illustrated and the first true photographic history of Custer, his Civil War exploits, and his Last Stand, this detailed narrative includes the latest groundbreaking research and analysis of the most fiercely debated battle in our nation's history. 

On June 25, 1876, George Armstrong Custer and his famed U.S. Seventh Cavalry attacked an encampment of Lakota and Cheyenne Indians. By the close of the day, the Battle of the Little Bighorn was over and the Civil War hero Custer was dead, along with more than 200 of his men. It was a shocking, unexpected defeat for the dashing one-time Boy General and a magnificent victory for Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and their warriors—although it became a last gasp for the Indians' way of life. 

The battle is over, but even now, 125 years later, Custer's Last Stand still fascinates and horrifies us, continuing to stir conroversy and spark vigorous debate. 

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785825890
  • Publisher: Castle Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/15/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Donovan is a Custer historian and the author of several other books, inlcluding Dallas: Shining Star of Texas. He is co-author of The Dallas Cowboys Encyclopedia. Jim lives in Dallas, Texas.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2001

    excellent biography, beautiful photos

    I don't know what the previous reviewer was thinking. Custer and the Little Bighorn is a great book! I've seen the Custer Album, which is just a collection of photos which are misidentified, misdated, and constantly crop off the tops of people's heads. Custer and the Little Bighorn is a full biography, which does an excellent job of describing Custer's mindset and attitude, and why they were wildly successful during the Civil War and why they cost him dearly on the plains. The photos themselves are beautiful (I've only found a couple of typos in the captions) and the layout is top-notch. I'm very impressed with Donovan's writing and research.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2001

    Custer and the Little Bighorn

    I am curious as to how it can be claimed that this is the 'first major illustrated biography' of the Boy General. Dr. Lawrence Frost's THE CUSTER ALBUM merits that title! It was published in 1964!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2001

    Custer and the Little Bighorn

    A closer inspection shows that my earlier review was in error. This does not meet the high standards of most other books on Custer. This book is full of errors in captions and the bibliography is weak at best.I noticed in particular the absence of a listing of DR. Frost's The Custer Album, which makes it easier to claim that this is the first major illustrated bio of GAC. Look elsewhere for a good read on the Boy General!

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