Last in Their Class: Custer, Pickett and the Goats of West Point

Last in Their Class: Custer, Pickett and the Goats of West Point

by James Robbins
     
 

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Today's Goat, the West Point cadet finishing at the bottom of his class, is temporary celebrity among his classmates. But in the 19th century, he was something of a cult figure. Custer's contemporaries at the Academy believed that the same spirit of adventure that led him to carouse at local taverns motivated his dramatic cavalry attacks in the Civil War and…  See more details below

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Today's Goat, the West Point cadet finishing at the bottom of his class, is temporary celebrity among his classmates. But in the 19th century, he was something of a cult figure. Custer's contemporaries at the Academy believed that the same spirit of adventure that led him to carouse at local taverns motivated his dramatic cavalry attacks in the Civil War and afterwards. And the same willingness to accept punishment from Academy authorities also sent George Pickett into the teeth of the Union guns at Gettsyburg. The story James S. Robbins tells goes from the beginnings of West Point through the carnage of the Civil War to the grassy bluffs over the Little Big Horn. The Goats he profiles tell us much about the soul of the American solider, his daring, imagination and desire to prove himself against high odds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594033841
Publisher:
Encounter Books
Publication date:
03/09/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
500
Sales rank:
441,832
File size:
799 KB

Meet the Author

James S. Robbins is a Professor of International Relations at the National Defense University in Washington, DC., and Senior Fellow in National Security Affairs at the American Foreign Policy Council. Dr. Robbins is a former Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and frequent commentator on national security issues for National Review, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. He appears regularly on international television and radio including the BBC, Voice of America, FNC, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN/FN, among others. He holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford, Mass. His research interests include terrorism and national security strategy, political theory, and military history.

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