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A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn | [James Donovan]

A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn

In June 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.
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Publisher's Summary

In June 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, is 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 pertinent research and findings of the past 25 years - which have significantly changed 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.

©2008 James Donovan; (P)2008 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"An excellent starting point for those seeking an understanding of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"A worthy companion to Jay Monahan's Custer, Evan S. Connell's Son of the Morning Star, and other standard studies of the famed cavalryman." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Rod NEWBERRY SPRINGS, CA, United States 02-11-13
    Rod NEWBERRY SPRINGS, CA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great research, awesome story"
    If you could sum up A Terrible Glory in three words, what would they be?

    The book was entertaining, accurately written and researched, and very enjoyable. The reader easy to understand.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The research


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The battle


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

    The aftermath


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    Great book

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    Janet United States 08-28-12
    Janet United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "History comes alive"
    If you could sum up A Terrible Glory in three words, what would they be?

    James Donovan is an excellent researcher recounting many details that led up to the fateful day of the Alamo. It is an nteresting chronology from the perspectives of each of the primary characters. It should be suggested reading for high school and college American History classes.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    We listened to this book while driving across country from Idaho to Minnesota.


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to this book we ordered Custer and the Little Big Horn.

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    James SEATTLE, WA, United States 04-09-12
    James SEATTLE, WA, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Custer's Last Stand.. As if You're Actually There!"

    I’m not typically a fan of “shoot ‘em up westerns” (because they can be so predictable), but I found this book fascinating as it kept my attention throughout and felt as if “I was actually there” at Little Bighorn myself.

    The author did a wonderful job in conveying what Custer and his men must have been going through, yet portrayed the victors in this battle… not as savages (as they’re depicted way too often), but as thoughtful, strategic, intelligent men who won a battle.. fair and square.

    A really good read for those who appreciate history, yet like the truth to be told as much as possible about both sides of the coin.

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    Chris Willits, CA, United States 09-15-08
    Chris Willits, CA, United States 09-15-08
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    "Narration hurts story"

    Well researched but I did not care for the narriation.

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    Robert B. Golson Monroe,LA USA 01-24-09
    Robert B. Golson Monroe,LA USA 01-24-09 Member Since 2008

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    "Not for the casual listener"

    Very well researched and written. The author did an excellent job with a very complex and controversial subject. But, it was almost too detailed and way too long. I almost forgot what climax I was headed for several times. I recommend the abridged version , if available.

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