Custer: Lessons in Leadership [NOOK Book]

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Colorful, charismatic, and controversial, George Armstrong Custer became a national hero at the age of twenty-three when he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general—barely two years after graduating at the bottom of his class from West Point. He was idolized both by his men and by the American public, though he endured two courts-martial and temporary dismissal from the Army.

Custer pushed himself harder and longer than most, owing to an intense ambition to succeed and a ...

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Overview


Colorful, charismatic, and controversial, George Armstrong Custer became a national hero at the age of twenty-three when he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general—barely two years after graduating at the bottom of his class from West Point. He was idolized both by his men and by the American public, though he endured two courts-martial and temporary dismissal from the Army.

Custer pushed himself harder and longer than most, owing to an intense ambition to succeed and a hunger for glory and fame. He was contemptuous of danger, taking chances that no one else would take, which earned him the reputation among some observers of being reckless. Redeeming himself through his actions at the front, he resurrected his former glory with a stunning victory over the Cheyenne Indians using tactics he had perfected during the Civil War. General Custer was one of those larger-than-life figures whose flamboyant personality, daring, and seeming invincibility became legendary. Here, author Duane Schultz shows why he remains one of the most fascinating figures in American military history.



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Editorial Reviews

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“This compact biography of George Armstrong Custer is deftly written and offers a well-reasoned and balanced interpretation of its subject.  Schultz's research is an impressive blend of primary and secondary sources.  Custer fills a gap between those minutely detailed biographies that glorify and sometimes mythologize the man, and those skim-the-surface studies that undervalue Custer's achievements to the Civil War and Indian fighting armies.”—Edward G. Longacre, author of Custer and His Wolverines

 

Custer is a swiftly paced and compelling biography of the "Boy General" of the Civil War and the cavalry officer who led his men at Little Big Horn.  George Armstrong Custer was a fascinating American, a man of towering inconsistencies, who Schultz captures well in this finely written book.”—Jeffry D. Wert, author of Custer:  The Controversial Life of George Armstrong Custer

 

"Provides about as much information as the average reader needs to know about the flamboyant general."—Kirkus

 

“Brief but incisive.”—American History Magazine 

Kirkus Reviews

Part of the Great General series, this biography of George Armstrong Custer (1839–1876) provides about as much information as the average reader needs to know about the flamboyant general.

For centuries before tanks drove horses from the battlefield, cavalry leaders were often viewed as brave but stupid, and histories have long portrayed Custer, who led his 220-man troupe to annihilation at Little Big Horn, as a prime example. Military historian Schulz (Crossing the Rapido: A Tragedy of World War II, 2010, etc.) disagrees modestly in this slim volume, which summarizes Custer's short, eventful life as well as the controversy that followed his death. He graduated from West Point in 1861 last in his class, first in demerits and probably the leader in charm because he quickly inveigled a cavalry command and impressed superiors during the rout after Bull Run. Charismatic, extremely aggressive in battle but also popular with reporters who followed the Army, he ended the war as the Union's youngest general. Glory was in short supply after the war when Custer participated in several brutal Indian campaigns, but he remained a popular media icon. Consequently, news of Little Big Horn in 1876 produced a national horror similar to that after 9/11. During the inevitable postmortem analysis, survivors worked hard to avoid blame, so Custer, unable to defend himself, became the scapegoat. Modern scholars such as James Donovan and Nathaniel Philbrick suggest that he's had a bad rap, and Schultz delivers a sympathetic account of the debate.

A competent overview, but readers in search of a rich character study or thoughtful analysis of military leadership should look elsewhere.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230111998
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Series: Great Generals
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Duane Schultz is a psychologist and the author of several books of military history, including Quantrill's War and The Most Glorious Fourth: Vicksburg and Gettysburg, July 4th, 1863. He lives in Clearwater, Florida.

General Wesley K. Clark (ret.) served in the United States Army for thirty-four years and rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. He is the author of A Time to Lead, as well as the best-selling books Waging Modern War and Winning Modern Wars. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Table of Contents


Introduction: The Boy General * Chapter 1: Born to be a Soldier * Chapter 2: A Gallant, Reckless Boy * Chapter 3: Glorious War! * Chapter 4: Dreams of Glory * Chapter 5: We Shall Have War * Chapter 6: It Was a Glorious Sight * Chapter 7: Guilty on all Counts * Chapter 8: Can You Come at Once? * Chapter 9: The Snow Was Made Red With Blood * Chapter 10: In the Most Savage Manner * Chapter 11: Precious Boy * Chapter 12: Oh, What a Slaughter * Epilogue: He Died as He Had Lived


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    Excellent, contemporary + fast pace read

    Warts and all biography. Breath-taking glory, politics and sadness.

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    Posted January 13, 2013

    Decent bioggaphy


    Thi book is overated








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