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

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

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Custer's Trials : A Life on the Frontier of a New America
Title
Custer's Trials
Title remainder
A Life on the Frontier of a New America
Statement of responsibility
T. J. Stiles
Title variation
Custers trials
Title variation remainder
a life on the frontier of a new America
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Language
eng
Summary
From the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, a brilliant new biography of Gen. George Armstrong Custer that radically changes our view of the man and his turbulent times. In this magisterial biography, T.J. Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer's legacy has been ignored. He demolishes Custer's historical caricature, revealing a volatile, contradictory, intense person--capable yet insecure, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military (he was court-martialed twice in six years). The key to understanding Custer, Stiles writes, is keeping in mind that he lived on a frontier in time. In the Civil War, the West, and many areas overlooked in previous biographies, Custer helped to create modern America, but he could never adapt to it. He freed countless slaves yet rejected new civil rights laws. He proved his heroism but missed the dark reality of war for so many others. A talented combat leader, he struggled as a manager in the West. He tried to make a fortune on Wall Street yet never connected with the new corporate economy. Native Americans fascinated him, but he could not see them as fully human. A popular writer, he remained apart from Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, and other rising intellectuals. During Custer's lifetime, Americans saw their world remade. His admirers saw him as the embodiment of the nation's gallant youth, of all that they were losing; his detractors despised him for resisting a more complex and promising future. Intimate, dramatic, and provocative, this biography captures the larger story of the changing nation in Custer's tumultuous marriage to his highly educated wife, Libbie; their complicated relationship with Eliza Brown, the forceful black woman who ran their household; as well as his battles and expeditions. It casts surprising new light on a near-mythic American figure, a man both widely known and little understood. From the Hardcover edition
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Summary
A biography of the iconic Civil War commander examines his contributions to politics and the Industrial Revolution, sharing insights into his turbulent relationships, perspectives on Native Americans, and conflicts with the military
Writing style
Award
  • Pulitzer Prize for History, 2016.
  • Spur Award for Biography, 2016.
Biography type
individual biography
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10446313
Cataloging source
FEM
Dewey number
  • 973.8/2092
  • B
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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adult
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a life on the frontier of a new America
Label
Custer's Trials : A Life on the Frontier of a New America
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=257&titleID=2198290
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Publication
Carrier category
online resource
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cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Rise 1839-1865 -- The accused -- The observer -- The protégé -- The prodigy -- The women -- The general -- The hero -- The victor -- Fall 1865-1876 -- The executioner -- The politician -- The fallen -- The Indian killer -- The financier -- The writer -- The enemy -- The accuser -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn966127164
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (608 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781101875841
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
284EFCA6-06EC-4394-B6CA-9C75F237C5F1
System control number
(OCoLC)966127164
Label
Custer's Trials : A Life on the Frontier of a New America
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=257&titleID=2198290
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Rise 1839-1865 -- The accused -- The observer -- The protégé -- The prodigy -- The women -- The general -- The hero -- The victor -- Fall 1865-1876 -- The executioner -- The politician -- The fallen -- The Indian killer -- The financier -- The writer -- The enemy -- The accuser -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn966127164
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (608 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781101875841
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
284EFCA6-06EC-4394-B6CA-9C75F237C5F1
System control number
(OCoLC)966127164

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