9780684810430

CUSTER: The Controversial Life of George Armstrong Custer

Wert, Jeffry D.

ISBN 10: 0684810433 / 0-684-81043-3
ISBN 13: 9780684810430
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Hardcover
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In a stunning biography of one of America's mythic figures--the first in four decades to examine Custer's complete life--Jeffry Wert answers the central question of Custer's life: How did an officer who enjoyed the unquestioning loyalty of his Civil War troops come to be reviled by many of the soldiers who served under him on the Plains? of photos.

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Draws on previously overlooked documents to probe the puzzles that have continued to mark the legendary general's life and career.

Review:
The outlines of Custer's life are familiar to all: After graduating last in his class at West Point, he rose to become the Union's youngest general on the strength of his flamboyance and military genius. Next came 12 years of checkered service in the American West, ending with the famous massacre at Little Bighorn. The most interesting unanswered question about Custer has less to do with his history than ours--why, more than a century later, are we so captivated by the man and his story? Wert believes the answer lies in the fact that Custer is a "symbol of the nation's guilt over its sad history of continental conquest."

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Book Description: Simon & Schuster, U.S.A., 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. 464 Pages. The dustwrapper benefits from an additional clear archival wrapper for protection. Two photographs one of '' General George Armstrong Custer and Jeffry D. Wert'', author of Custer. George Armstrong Custer has been so heavily mythologized that the human being has been al but lost. Now, in the first complete biography in decades, Jeffry Wert reexamines the life of the famous soldier to give them Custer in all his colorful complexity. Although remembered today as the loser at Little Big Horn, Custer was the victor of many cavalry engagements in the Civil War. He played an important role in several battles in the Virginia theater of the war, including the Shenandoah campaign. Renowned for his fearlessness in battle, he was always in front of his troops, leading the charge. His men were fiercely loyal to him, and he was highly regarded by Sheridan and Grant as well. Some historians think he may have been the finest cavalry officer in the Union Army. Size: 3.4 x 3.3 x 1.9 cm. Hardcover. Bookseller Inventory # X133-1095

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