Title: Son of the Morning Star
Publisher: North Point Press, San Francisco
Publication Date: 1984
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition.
Part Custer biography, part the history of the Plains Indian Wars, and part chronicle of the relationship between red man and white, Connell retells the story of Custer and Little Bighorn. First edition, first printing with publisher's announcement of publication laid in. Near fine copy in a very good DJ, not price-clipped. Upper 1' of DJ front is mildly faded with 1/2 closed tear at upper margin. Bookseller Inventory # 73316
Synopsis: In "Son of the Morning Star," Mr. Connell explores deeply the personalities of Custer and the other federal and Indian leaders. Custer, seen by some as a hero, by others as the cause of the defeat, was an enigmatic and extravagant figure, fearless in battle and sentimental in repose. It is said that on first seeing through field glasses the more than four miles of Allied Indian camps, he exclaimed, "hurrah, boys, we've got them!" Disregarding a Cheyenne warning, Custer rode to his death--and led to death every man of the Seventh Cavalry who followed him. A foolish miscalculation ended the life of the man the Indians called "Son of the Morning Star." The story is told that after the battle a squaw drove a sewing awl through his ear and into his skull so that he might hear better in the next world.
Review: "Impressive in its massive presentation of information . . . "Son of the Morning Star "makes good reading--its prose is elegant, its tone the voice of dry wit, its meandering narrative skillfully crafted. Mr. Connell is above all a storyteller, and the story he tells is vastly more complicated than who did what to whom on June 25, 1876."--Page Stenger, "The New York Times Book Review" ""Son of the Morning Star" leaves the reader astonished."--"The Washington Post" "A scintillating book, thoroughly researched and brilliantly constructed."--"The Wall Street Journal "
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