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

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

T.J. Stiles


Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History

From the winner of 2 Pulitzer Prizes and a countrywide e-book Award, a super biography of Gen. George Armstrong Custer that noticeably adjustments our view of the guy and his turbulent times.

In this magisterial biography, T. J. Stiles paints a portrait of Custer either deeply own and sweeping in scope, proving how a lot of Custer’s legacy has been overlooked. He demolishes Custer’s old cartoon, revealing a unstable, contradictory, extreme person—capable but insecure, clever but bigoted, passionate but self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the establishment of the army (he was once court-martialed two times in six years).

The key to figuring out Custer, Stiles writes, is conserving in brain that he lived on a frontier in time. In the Civil conflict, the West, and plenty of parts missed in past biographies, Custer helped to create smooth the US, yet he may perhaps by no means adapt to it. He freed numerous slaves but rejected new civil rights legislation. He proved his heroism yet overlooked the darkish fact of battle for thus many others. a skilled strive against chief, he struggled as a manager in the West.

He attempted to make a fortune on Wall highway but by no means hooked up with the hot company economic system. local americans interested him, yet he couldn't see them as totally human. a favored author, he remained except Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, and different emerging intellectuals. in the course of Custer’s lifetime, american citizens observed their global remade. His admirers observed him because the embodiment of the nation’s gallant early life, of all that they have been wasting; his detractors despised him for resisting a extra advanced and promising destiny. Intimate, dramatic, and provocative, this biography captures the bigger tale of the altering state in Custer’s tumultuous marriage to his hugely informed spouse, Libbie; their advanced dating with Eliza Brown, the forceful black girl who ran their family; in addition to his battles and expeditions. It casts extraordinary new mild on a near-mythic American determine, a guy either widely recognized and little understood.

From the Hardcover edition.

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