Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America

By | November 4, 2019
Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America Author T.J. Stiles
ISBN-10 0307475948
ISBN-13 9780307475947
Year 2016-10-25
Pages 640
Language English
Publisher Vintage
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Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for HistoryIn this magisterial biography T J Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope proving how much of Custers legacy has been ignored He demolishes Custers historical caricature revealing a capable yet insecure man intelligent yet bigoted passionate yet self destructive a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military court martialed twice in six years and the new corporate economy a wartime emancipator who rejected racial equality Stiles argues that although Custer was justly noted for his exploits on the western frontier he also played a central role as both a wide ranging participant and polarizing public figure in his extraordinary transformational timea time of civil war emancipation brutality toward Native Americans and finally the Industrial Revolutioneven as he became one of its casualties Intimate dramatic and provocative this biography captures the larger story of the changing nation It casts surprising new light on one of the best known figures of American history a subject of seemingly endless fascination

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