Custer's Trials

Custer's Trials

A Life on the Frontier of A New America

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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"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, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military (he was court-martialed twice in six years)."--Amazon.com
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307592644
Characteristics: xxi, 582 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Rise 1839-1865. The accused ; The observer
The protege ; The prodigy ; The women ; The general ; The hero ; The victor
Fall 1865-1876. The executioner ; The politician ; The fallen ; The Indian killer ; The financier ; The writer ; The enemy ; The accuser.
Summary: "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, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military (he was court-martialed twice in six years)."--Amazon.com

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Lchagan
May 26, 2018

Amazing book - T.J. Stiles' expert scholarship and crisp writing bring Custer to life in ways that surprise and educate. Custer was a man of contradictions - vainly heroic in battle, needy and deceitful at other times. He was from a family that supported Confederate slavery positions, yet he empowered a young freed slave woman to oversee much of his personal affairs. His strong-willed wife led efforts to rehabilitate his image - more successfully than the history Stiles relates would suggest is worthy. A must read.

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slowwriter
Jun 25, 2016

Likely the finest biography I have read, certainly the most thorough telling of this man's fascinating life.

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rene1951
Nov 24, 2015

His last stand proves that a sufficiently incompetent officer can destroy his command, no matter how good. Archeological and eye-witness accounts available, if interested.

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