A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn---The Last Great Battle of the American West MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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'In this labour of love, Donovan collects the multiple threads that led to the 1876 massacre at Little Big Horn... Exhaustive research, lively prose and fresh interpretation make for a valuable addition to literature on this otherwise well-trodden historical event' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
A rousing and meticulously researched account of the most notorious battle in American history - and the first to incorporate important new findings. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.See all Product Description
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Anyone of a certain age and cultural background, born and educated in the United States, is likely to know of George Armstrong Custer's last stand with his Seventh Cavalry against overwhelming numbers of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors in June, 1876. Who among us hasn't seen at least one of the several fanciful paintings of the event by various artists?
The core of A TERRIBLE GLORY is James Donovan's masterful and absorbing account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The book also includes a summary of Custer's military career and personal life prior to 1876, the personalities of the principal Native American leaders (primarily Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse), the tense post-Civil War relationship of the federal government and the U.S. Army with the Sioux, and the battle's aftermath, including the Army's 1879 Court of Inquiry into the Seventh's conduct of the engagement and Major Marcus Reno's performance in particular, the ultimate fates of the main characters in the drama, and the Massacre at Wounded Knee, which can be argued was the Seventh Cavalry's revenge for the Little Bighorn debacle.
Those chapters of A TERRIBLE GLORY concerned with the 1876 encounter place it in the context of that summer's three-pronged Army advance (Gibbon, Terry, Crook) on the tribes that were roaming the Montana and Wyoming territories outside the reservations. Then, for June 25-26, the narration comprises the three phases of the Battle: Reno's ill-starred attack on the south end of the Indian village, the annihilation of Custer and five of the Seventh's twelve companies, and the siege of the Reno-Benteen force dug in on their hill.Read more ›
It's sympathetic towards Custer - you can't help but warm to the man despite his arrogance!
Reno comes off rather badly but that's no suprise.
Although it's not an "Indian" account of the battle I thought Sitting Bull's role in the battle was possibly overplayed and Crazy Horse gets relegated to a few one liners.
But that shouldn't spoil your enjoyment of this superb book.
Although it is scholarly in content I would also recommend it wholeheartedly as a good read for younger readers (10+) interested in military history - the story is so accessible and compelling and the writing is so very clear and good.
One slight whinge: the maps are good but not good enough for the meticulous detail in which the battle is told - I would recommend you read it with the Osprey guide at your side. It really helps to make sense of some of the detail.
I have recently read Philbrick's The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of Little Big Horn, which covers the same ground. I would recommend both, but if you have to pick one, I would go for this every time.
A very complex man a glory hunter or a fool I'm still not sure.
The reading of this book took a while but was very interesting
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliantly written, outstandingly researched. James Donovan is a superb writer. His book on the Alamo siege is equally as fascinatingPublished 2 months ago by Robert
Compelling reading once to get into this book. Very well researched and a book which once read you will want to read again.Published 10 months ago by RJ MACDONALD
Excellent book, couldn't put it down, well written, good photos at end, got me into the lead up, in to the battle, and enquiry after.Published 14 months ago by Lawrence Foster
A superb read. I had great difficulty in putting it down. The Custer story has interested me for years and up to now Mconnell's book Son of the Morning Star and the TV movie of the... Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Excellent. An informative, evocative history of the Battle of Little Big Horn. Very readable. Gives a balanced view the Battle and CUsterPublished on 23 Nov. 2013 by JR JACK
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