Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn

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Custer's Last Stand is among the most enduring events in American history—more than one hundred years after the fact, books continue to be written and people continue to argue about even the most basic details surrounding the Little Bighorn. Evan S. Connell, whom Joyce Carol Oates has described as "one of our most interesting and intelligent American writers," wrote what continues to be the most reliable—and compulsively readable—account of the subject. Connell makes good use of his meticulous research and novelist's eye for the story and detail to re-vreate the heroism, foolishness, and savagery of this crucial chapter in the history of the West.

A tie-in of Connell's acclaimed bestseller, adapted by Melissa Mathison (E.T.) for a four-hour miniseries. The definitive account of the battle of LIttle Big Horn.

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Page Stegner
Impressive in its massive presentation of information... Son of the Morning Star makes good reading-its prose is elegant, its tone the voice of dry wit, its meandering narrative skillfully crafted. Mr. Connell is above all a storyteller, and the story he tells is vastly more complicated than who did what to whom on June 25, 1876.
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A scintillating book, thoroughly researched and brilliantly constructed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780065023633
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/23/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 441

Meet the Author

Evan S. Connell has received numerous prizes and awards for his writing and is the author of sixteen books of fiction, poetry, essays, and history, including Mr. Bridge, Mrs. Bridge, The Diary of a Rapist, The Alchymist's Journal, and The Collected Stories. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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  • Posted October 14, 2008

    Son Of The Morning Star: An excellent, information-filled look at The Battle of Little Bighorn

    Son Of The Morning Star is truly one of the most cinematic nonfiction tales ever written. The depth that the text has is astounding; it's jam packed with so many facts, and manages to still be fun to read.<BR/><BR/> The book starts out with the aftermath of the battle of the Little Bighorn. General George Armstrong Custer was leading an attack against the Sioux in the Valley of Little Bighorn. I wouldn't consider it a spoiler if I said his army was completely destroyed in that battle. Connell gives the accounts of many soldiers and Indians of what happened. The battle is filled with many, many atrocities that weren't even talked about in the media at the time. He eventually works his way backward to Custer's assault, and even his history in the Civil War and his childhood. <BR/><BR/> As I said before, the depth of the research is astounding. Evan S. Connell has certainly done his homework. The book is told with such a flair that it's easy to forget that it's history. It shifts back and forth through time, capturing the accounts of many, but never feels like it's out of order. <BR/><BR/> Son Of The Morning Star is a fabulous piece of literature. To what lengths Connell must have gone to acquire this information, and to present it in such a readable form, we can only guess. It's the exact opposite of reading a textbook. Highly recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2000

    Never gets borning!!!

    I have read Son of the Morning Star more than 4 times. I just re-ordered the book because my last copy was so worn out!!! With each reading, I pick up on something that I missed previously. I love this book because Evan S. Connell clearly does not take sides. He presents all of the facts (good and bad) for all parties. I enjoyed learning about Reno and Benteen and other figures that were influential in the outcome of that infamous battle. I recommend this to ALL. Bravo to Evan S. Connell!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2000

    An American Oddysey

    This is a terrific, one of a kind book, perhaps the best single volume on any subject that I have read in my 40+ years of reading. Why? It is, quite simply, an American Oddysey, mixing American myth, memory, mind and desire to describe an event that we all thought we knew about. Connell uncovers depths that we did not know existed, and does it in his usual off-hand, dab way.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2002

    Awesome!!

    A truly informative book that takes you back in time when the Plains Indians lived free, and the U.S. Government were in hot pursuit. The author didn't leave any stones unturned. I loved this book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2013

    It was like pulling out my eyelashes to read this book. Granted

    It was like pulling out my eyelashes to read this book. Granted, it was filled with information, but it was not arranged in any kind of logical order and jumped from one thing to another constantly. Historical novels generally start at the beginning, give the background, and end up at the end of the battle. Not this one. It starts at the end, but then gets so convoluted you can't even remember what time frame you are supposed to be in to make reference to anything you have read before. There were so many different versions of what happened, it was almost pointless to read this book. And, that author's animus for Custer was obvious. Anything that was uncomplimentary was probably true, according to him, and anything that was complimentary was suspect. What a waste of time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    There are so many books on this subject. This is going to b

    There are so many books on this subject. This is going to be in your top 5 easy. So much to digest here. So much about the man and his times. So much more than just an account of a battle.
    All the way along the reader just keeps wondering &quot;what would have happened if&quot;... and this runs through the entire life of Custer, not just what happened in a few short moments on an otherwise obscure prarie.
    When you are done there is no mystery what happened to the Seventh, but you do wonder about living inside the head of Custer. Great read!

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  • Posted April 25, 2012

    Realistic and fun to read and earn from.

    I would disagree that this book (as well as the movie) was a discredit to Custer in the portrayal of him as a man and a Officer. I to have studied this man, this battle for many years and a Military officer would never think of putting my command in the position Custer did. Custer was never know as a good leader of men, his Civil War record shows that and it continued when he was sent west to get him out of President Grant's hair. He never understood the tactics of the Indians, preferring to catch them off guard whenever possible. This is what earned him the title of Son of the Morning Star, as he would attack before daybreak whenever possible. This book was unique in the sense that it was a narration from both sides. Custer's wife and an an Indian squaw. You gain a great understanding of the Indian view as to how they felt and why they fought. It teaches both sides equally, however I felt a bit more depth to our side, not faltering but wholly negative. The book reads like a novel. It is not a single read book however. It has way to much knowledge to gain and cannot be gained in one reading. The movie, (both in VHS and DVD) follows the book very well.

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  • Posted November 25, 2010

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    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! A PAGE TURNER!!

    This book has pages of real photographs of Custard's family; wife, brother, brother-in-law, and men who had an important role in Little Big Horn.

    This book is a page turner and I had it read in one day about 8-10 hours. Connell gives insight to the life of Custard and people associated with him. He loved animals especially dogs and was so gentle with them yet he would torture his underlings for some minor discretion amd treat them like a wild and caged animal!

    The author weaves you the reader into the story and as it unfolds it's like you're actually there! This is one of the best books I've ever read other than a Robert E. Howard book author and creator of Conan, Kull, Red Sonja, Bran Mak Morn, and many more characters!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2000

    authenticity! look no further

    THE BEST BOOK ABOUT AMERICAS GREATEST HEROE OF ALL TIME.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 1999

    Historical Fiction of Custer

    I was very saddened by this book and the movie upset me even more. This book shows not the real Custer of his lifetime but the P.C version of our time. As a madman,non human,non caring,ect. This book make Custer's officers Reno and Benteen like buzzard's picking at Custer's body. Unfortunaly WE the modern historian will never know the Real Custer story. I have studied this man for 20 years and this book and movie was uncalled for.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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