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

 
 
Author
T.J. Stiles.
Publisher Knopf  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9780307592644
Pages/Publication Date 583/2015
Daedalus Item Code 73559
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(Winner of the Pulitzer Prize) Earning T.J. Stiles his second Pulitzer Prize—after The First Tycoon, his biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt, took both the Pulitzer and the National Book Award—this biography of George Armstrong Custer offers a radically new view of the man and his turbulent times. Stiles illustrates just how much of Custer's legacy has been ignored, demolishing his historical caricature to reveal a passionate, volatile, contradictory individual. Capable yet insecure, curious yet bigoted, he was a romantic individualist at odds with the military institution he served, and was court-martialed twice in six years. The key to understanding Custer, posits Stiles, is recognizing that he lived at a historical cusp; he helped to create modern America, but was never able to adapt to it.

"[The author] grounds this spectacular narrative of George Armstrong Custer in skillful research to deliver a satisfying portrait of a complex, controversial military man.... Confidently presenting Custer in all his contradictions, Stiles examines the times to make sense of the man—and uses the man to shed light on the times."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
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