The Resource Custer's trials : a life on the frontier of a new America, T.J. Stiles

Custer's trials : a life on the frontier of a new America, T.J. Stiles

Label
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
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A new biography of Gen. George Armstrong Custer that radically changes our view of the man and his turbulent times. Historian 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. During Custer's lifetime, Americans saw their world remade. 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. 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. 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. Native Americans fascinated him, but he could not see them as fully human. 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.--Adapted from book jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Stiles, T. J
Dewey number
  • 973.8/2092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E467.1.C99
LC item number
S76 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Custer, George A.
  • Custer, George A.
  • United States
  • United States
  • American Civil War (1861-1865)
  • Little Bighorn, Battle of the (Montana : 1876)
  • Generals
  • Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876
  • Indians of North America
  • Generals
  • Indians of North America
  • United States
  • Great Plains
  • Montana
  • United States
Label
Custer's trials : a life on the frontier of a new America, T.J. Stiles
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 545-552) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part one: Rise 1839-1865. The accused ; The observer ; The protégé ; The prodigy ; The women ; The general ; The hero ; The victor -- Part two: Fall 1865-1876. The executioner ; The politician ; The fallen ; The Indian killer ; The financier ; The writer ; The enemy ; The accuser
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxi, 582 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780307592644
Lccn
2015002070
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)900179749
  • 866826
  • (OCoLC)ocn900179749
Label
Custer's trials : a life on the frontier of a new America, T.J. Stiles
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 545-552) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part one: Rise 1839-1865. The accused ; The observer ; The protégé ; The prodigy ; The women ; The general ; The hero ; The victor -- Part two: Fall 1865-1876. The executioner ; The politician ; The fallen ; The Indian killer ; The financier ; The writer ; The enemy ; The accuser
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxi, 582 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780307592644
Lccn
2015002070
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)900179749
  • 866826
  • (OCoLC)ocn900179749

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