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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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 command were annihilated by almost 2,000 Sioux and Cheyenne. The news 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. This is the first book to relate the entire story, and the first to call upon all the research and findings of the past 25 years--which have changed significantly how this controversial event is perceived. It is also 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.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316155786
Branch Call Number: 973.82/DONOVAN
Characteristics: xiii, 528 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.


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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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