80 b/w photos 8 x 11 "In this readable and well-researched study, John Langellier establishes himself as the premier biographer of Hollywood's Custer. Custer: The Man, the Myth, the Movies is a fascinating tour of this country's peculiar popular culture." -Gregory J. W. Urwin, author of Custer Victorious: The Civil War Battles of General George Armstrong Custer Far from a standard biography of Custer, this book chronicles his widow's mythmaking influence in the popular press, examines how historians have distorted or conflated facts to suit their ideology, and explores his legacy through the lens of popular culture. Custer: The Man, the Myth, the Movies traces the evolution of a minor incident that became an internationally recognized symbol of the American West, with a focus on Hollywood's ever-changing versions of "Custer's Last Stand." Featured throughout the book are rare photos of Custer and his life on the plains, posters and movie stills, and exhibits of Custer memorabilia. John P. Langellier, currently a museum director, is the author of numerous books and articles on the American West and military history. He is also a contributing author and series editor of Greenhill Books' G.I. Series.
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George Armstrong Custer has become a litmus test to measure people's attitudes toward political and social issues. Defenders see him as martyr to the righteous cause of westward expansion, the inexorable movement of Europeans across the face of North America to spread civilization's blessings. Detractors call him misguided at best, a demon at worst, a villain who got the comeuppance a whole society earned. Langellier outlines the known facts of the man's checkered career, and then tells how Custer's widow first made him a heroic figure. Beginning with early melodrama and progressing through contemporary movies, Langellier traces the evolution of public propaganda about Custer. He also includes a chapter on Custer's role in television programs and series. Langellier's detailed bibliography, filmography, and videography provide a valuable guide for anyone seeking to learn more about media manipulation of Custer's life and death. Mark Knoblauch
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