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James Allen Moran

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  • I Fought with Custer: The Story of Sergeant Windolph

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Frazier Hunt, Robert Hunt
    • Narrated By Jack Sondericker
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Sergeant Charles Windolph was the last white survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn when he told his story nearly 70 years later. A six-year veteran in the Seventh Cavalry, Windolph rode in the 1873 Yellowstone Expedition, and the 1874 Black Hills Expedition. He fought in Captain Benteen's troops on the fatal Sunday, and vividly recalls the battle that wiped out Custer's command. Equally vivid is the evidence marshaled by historians Frazier and Robert Hunt.

    peter says: "Authentic Account"
    "Wonderful First-Person Account"
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    If you could sum up I Fought with Custer in three words, what would they be?

    Outstanding historical account(s)


    Which character – as performed by Jack Sondericker – was your favorite?

    Liked them all


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It shows the general attitudes of their time (European towards Native Americans). Attitudes move along social/political waves throughout the minefields of time. This account illistrates very well what happens when (at times) we step on a mine and re-adjust. SGT Windolph recalls the battle AND attitudes with a chilling innocence.


    Any additional comments?

    Must have for anyone interested in the "Indian Wars"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Quantrill's War: The Life and Times of William Clarke Quantrill, 1837-1865

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Duane Schultz
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Award-winning novelist and historian, Duane Schultz, dramatically recreates the treachery of Civil War "Colonel" William Clarke Quantrill's life and the riveting climax of his infamous raid on Lawrence, Kansas. From letters and diaries, Schultz skillfully weaves together this exciting, dark side of Quantrill - a man who was part warrior, part villain.

    Perry says: "Interesting Perspective"
    "An Historical NOVEL"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Northern Civil War "buffs" and re-enactors that want to role-play a Northern POV concerning this subject for public amusement.


    What was most disappointing about Duane Schultz’s story?

    Book is written as a novel, no sources quoted at all. A Yankee point-of-view all the way.
    Example, if one were to ask Nazis what the truth is about Jews, you would get the same kind of response.
    Completely one-sided. I would believe it more if sources for whats presented were there..
    Example, "At first, William Clarke Quantrill conveniently sided with whomever was the strongest at the time - abolitionists or slavery.." IF true, it would have been better if the author said something like, "At first, William Clarke Quantrill conveniently sided with whomever was the strongest at the time - abolitionists or slavery, or so (name of Raider) would later tell interested folks." or something like that.
    Even has him torturing animals as a child WITH NO SOURCES MENTIONED as having witnessed this.
    I got less a feeling of hearing History than I did opinion, roomer and a Novel.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He did a great job conveying the author's intent. Was read as though he was disgusted in the subject. Really funny too. I got the vision of a girly-boy who was gossiping about roomers he'd heard on someone. The narrator was playing his part well!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Eye-opening in that it shows how the North still thinks about the Civil War and Confederate figures. I am sure the actions described really happened but this PRETENDS to jump inside his head..


    Any additional comments?

    Got the book here with one of my credits, glad I didn't pay for it on top of membership.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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