Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America


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Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History From the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award, a brilliant biography of Gen. George Armstrong Custer that radically changes our view of the man and his turbulent times. In this magisterial biography, T. J. Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer's legacy has been ignored. He demolishes Custer's historical caricature, revealing a volatile, contradictory, intense person--capable yet insecure, ...

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Marcia P

Feb 10, 2017

Most Comprehensive Biography of Custer

Having read many very good biographies about Custer, I find this one the best since it covers so many areas of his life in detail. I have a greater understanding of this man as he acted within his time and place in American history. Stiles is an excellent writer who brings you into the story as a witness to an unusual man striving to be famous. (When I visited West Point, I parked near the cemetery. As I walked into the burial ground, I immediately came upon Custer's grave with the obelisk bearing a buffalo head on each side. A Native American, I believe, had hung an eagle feather on one of the horns which was spooky and powerful. Custer's wife is buried along side him under a large flat stone. All in all, a moment I won't forget.)

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