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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry crafts works synonymous with the grandeur and beauty of the American West. Here McMurtry turns his attention to George A. Custer, a complex man who has captivated historians for over a century. From graduating last in his class at West Point to leading the ill-fated 7th Cavalry in the attack at Little Bighorn, Custer forged a legacy - still very much alive today - as one of the West's most enduring historical figures.

©2012 Larry McMurtry (P)2012 Recorded Books

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A story that needed to be told!

I learned more about General Custer than I learned by going to the battlefield. It was very worthwhile.

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Good overview of Custer's life

I found McMurty's short history of Custer, like his Crazy Horse biography, meandering yet illuminating. The author subscribes to how slippery memory and history is; therefore anyone expecting an authoritative narrative, wrapped up in a neat package is likely to be disappointed. Rather, McMurtry dances around his subject, with an end result of a vivid and seemingly honest impression of Custer and his time.

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Not Worth It

Although bits of the book had interesting tidbits of information, it was scattered around like a shotgun blast - jumping around, forward, backwards, sideways, and often repeating itself. Overall difficult to follow to follow. The book; SON OF THE MORNING STAR, a much more informative and entertaining selection.

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Biased and not factual.

I am not a writer, but I have read many Custer Books. While some are pro Custer many are not...the authors bias was plain throughout the book. Innuendo of this and that...no follow up proof. And every book I’ve read mentions the drunk behavior by. Major Reno. He was the first one to flee the valley. He was found not guilty at his hearing. But his poor leadership and alcoholism was prove there.

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Not a novelized review of the battle - for amateur historians

Narrative review of historical books regarded the era and events leading to the battle and the aftermath. Presumes a familiarity of the period (e.g., a discussion of the south pass route notes it was discovered by the Astor land team without any explanation of who the team was.)