A Terrible Glory

A Terrible Glory

Custer and the Little Bighorn : the Last Great Battle of the American West

Book - 2008
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A rousing and meticulously researched account of the notorious Battle of Little Big Horn and its unforgettable cast of characters from Sitting Bull to Custer himself.
In June of 1876, on a desolate hill above a winding river called "the Little Bighorn," George Armstrong Custer and all 210 men under his direct command were annihilated by almost 2,000 Sioux and Cheyenne. The news of this devastating loss caused a public uproar, and those in positions of power promptly began to point fingers in order to avoid responsibility. Custer, who was conveniently dead, took the brunt of the blame.

The truth, however, was far more complex. A TERRIBLE GLORY is the first book to relate the entire story of this endlessly fascinating battle, and the first to call upon all the significant research and findings of the past twenty-five years--which have changed significantly how this controversial event is perceived. Furthermore, it is the first book to bring to light the details of the U.S. Army cover-up--and unravel one of the greatest mysteries in U.S. military history.

Scrupulously researched, A TERRIBLE GLORY will stand as a landmark work. Brimming with authentic detail and an unforgettable cast of characters--from Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse to Ulysses Grant and Custer himself--this is history with the sweep of a great novel.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316155786
Call Number: 973.82 DONOVAN
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Custer, George A. 1839-1876.
United States. Army -- History -- 19th century.
Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876.
Indians of North America -- Government relations -- 1869-1934.
West (U.S.) -- History, Military -- 19th century.
United States -- Military policy.


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Apr 25, 2017

An excellent all round book on the subject. It didn't just focus on Custer but showed that there were others involved from privates to presidents. Well documented and well written it is a pleasure to read. Having read this and others on the subject, I have to think the critical decisions that led to Custer's death were his own. Also, having been the battle site I sometimes found the authors description of the terrain a touch confusing. That said more and better maps would have made this book better. If you have to read just one book on this topic, you could do a lot worse than this.


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